Cross-posted from Orion Magazine
FROM THE MOMENT I HEARD about Bidder #70 raising his paddle inside a BLM auction to outbid oil and gas companies in the leasing of Utah’s public lands, I recognized Tim DeChristopher as a brave, creative citizen-activist. That was on December 19, 2008, in Salt Lake City. Since that moment, Tim has become a thoughtful, dynamic leader of his generation in the climate change movement. While many of us talk about the importance of democracy, Tim has put his body on the line and is now paying the consequences.
In solidarity with a global day of actions happening all over North America on March 30, a group called Anti-Colonial Queer Action (ACQA) traveled from San Francisco to San Ramon, CA (Ohlone Territories), where Chevron has its global headquarters, to demonstrate against fracking pipelines on Unist’ot’en and Wet’suwet’en territories and deliver a message from the Unist’ot’en to Chevron.
ACQA hoisted a banner that stated “No Fracking Pipelines on Indigenous Territories,” to the flagpoles outside of Chevron’s compound at 6001 Bollinger Canyon Rd.Afterwards, members of ACQA read out and delivered a letter, written by Unist’ot’en spokesperson Freda Huson. Continue reading
- A crew cleaning 30,000 gallons of tar sands spilled in MN
by Carter / Earth First! Newswire
If you missed the first edition it’s here
The embarrassing industrial gaffs just keep coming! Earlier this week TransCanda had to wipe the toxic egg of their face when a tailing pond from the tar sands spilled into the Athabasca River. As if that wasn’t enough to make you chuckle at the sheer negligence and/or stupidity of these blundering billionaires, the two additional tar sands spills that happened this week should have you laughing until you cry… and then weeping for hours. Continue reading
by P. Tanson / Traffic
Ploughshare tortoises, native to Madagascar, are one of the most critically endangered species on the planet. And, while countless conservation groups are actively working to save them, the arrest of a wildlife smuggler in Thailand is proving just how easily a handful of criminals could bring about their demise.
Authorities say they recently arrested a 38-year-old Thai man at an airport in Bankok attempting to collect a bag containing 54 ploughshare tortoises smuggled in from Madagascar. Although that may seem less severe than some larger scale environmental crimes, this haul of tortoises actually accounts for nearly 13 percent of the estimated 400 or so individuals thought to still be in existence in the wild. Continue reading
The university trampled over Florida panther habitat at the behest of a Big Ag benefactor. Cinderella who?
by Tim Murphy /Mother Jones
The Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles, the first 15-seed ever to reach the NCAA basketball tournament’s second weekend, are the toast of March Madness on the basis of their high-flying style (nickname: “Dunk City“) and up-from-nowhere story. Less than two decades ago, FGCU was little more than a collection of trailers looking out over a swamp. Today its hoops team is hanging with the heavyweights.
The less inspiring story, however, is how FGCU rose up out of the swamp. To put it bluntly: The school paved over it, using government connections to pressure the US Fish and Wildlife Service into green-lighting the development and in the process wiping out one of the last vital habitat areas of the severely endangered Florida panther. FGCU’s is a particularly extreme version of a familiar story. For a century, South Florida developers have stared down all comers—and methodically reshaped the environment in the process. Continue reading
“Ecoterrorist” slurs won’t scare Sierra Club Canada, executive director says
by Carlito Pablo / Straight.com
Getting branded an “ecoterrorist” is the least of John Bennett’s concerns.
“We already have been. That’s the point!” the executive director of Sierra Club Canada told the Straight.
In a recent phone interview, Bennett discussed his organization’s deliberations on whether or not to use civil disobedience in its efforts defend the environment.
The Straight asked him how he would view being potentially labelled as an “ecoterrorist” if Sierra Club Canada decides to go the path of nonviolent civil disobedience.
“Without having done anything, we’ve been attacked as though were some kind of evil force in the society,” the Ottawa-based environmental leader said. Continue reading