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Earth First! Climbers Guild Camp in NY – 2 weeks away

10 Mar

Out of your houses and into the trees!

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March 24 – 30, 2013 in the Finger Lakes National Forest, New York
      Expand your ability to defend your home, your community, and the wild by learning the technical skills involved in creating effective aerial blockades. The EF! Climbers’ Guild will offer the North East a variety of trainings for forest defense and urban actions suitable for all skill levels from beginner to advanced.
      To RSVP and get directions contact: efclimbers [at] gmail.com

Earth First! Climbers Guild Camp spring 2013 – March 24-30, New York

23 Jan

OUT OF YOUR HOUSES AND INTO THE TREES!

photo_ew_02 (1)Expand your ability to defend your home, your community, and the wild by learning the technical skills involved in creating effective aerial blockades. The EF! Climbers’ Guild will offer the North East a variety of trainings for forest defense and urban actions suitable for all skill levels from beginner to advanced.
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Workshops include: Basic Climbing and Anchoring, Traverses, Tree to Tree Transfers, Basic Structure Rigging and Haul Systems, Tripods, Bipods, and Monopods, Advanced Structure Rigging, Large Scale Banner Hanging, and Basic Rescue and Training Set Ups.

When: March 24th – 30th

Where: Finger Lakes region of NY

To attend the camp contact: efclimbers@gmail.com

Harnessing Rebel Energy – Making Green A Threat Again

18 Jan
By Scott Parkin /cross-posted from www.counterpunch.org

“The climate movement needs to have one hell of a comeback.”

–Naomi Klein

Dept. of Interior, April 2011. Photo credit: Shadia Fayne Wood

Dept. of Interior, April 2011. Photo credit: Shadia Fayne Wood

The energy was there. It was an overcast spring morning in April 2011 in the nation’s capita1. Thousands had shown up to take action on climate change. The earlier march led us to the Chamber of Commerce, BP’s Washington D.C. offices, the American Petroleum Institute and other office buildings associated with oil spills, coal mining, carbon emissions and more. We heard speakers. We saw street theater. It was all very tame and managed. It lacked confrontation.

It was almost a year to the day after the Gulf oil spill, yet offshore drilling continued as usual with little consequence for oil giant British Petroleum. Out west, the Obama administration had just opened up thousands of acres for coal mining in the Powder River Basin. Appalachia’s mountains were still under attack by the coal industry. Natural gas extraction, also known as “fracking,” was spreading like an epidemic through the countryside. Continue reading

French police fire tear gas on second day of airport protest

27 Nov

crossposted from RT.com

French anti-riot police officers walk through smoke from tear gas, on November 24, 2012 in Notre-Dame-des-Landes as they seek to evict squatters from protected swampland where Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault wants to build a new airport (AFP Photo / Jean-Sebastuen Evrard)

[Read about last month’s epic eviction attempt of La ZAD here on the EF! Newswire]

Eight people were arrested and three injured after protesters clashed with police in western France, as authorities tried to evict protesters camping on a future airport site located on protected swampland in Notre-Dame-des-Landes.

Officers fired tear gas, and protesters retaliated with gas bombs and stones. The activists claim that the future airport will destroy woodland in the area and cause pollution.

On Friday, French police fired tear gas in hopes of dispersing the demonstrators, while protesters responded by hurling bottles, stones and firecrackers, slightly injuring a police officer and two television journalists. Police deployed two backhoes and a large waste receptacle while attempting to clear the site.

Rallies were also held in Paris and Nantes in support of the airport protesters, and several dozen demonstrators were arrested in the French capital.

French riot police face protesters on November 24, 2012 as they seek to evict squatters from protected swampland where Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault wants to build a new airport (AFP Photo / Jean-Sebastuen Evrard)

The airport is planned to be built near the city of Nantes in western France by 2017 to replace the area’s existing airport. The project has the backing of Socialist Party Prime Minister Ayrault, who was the mayor of Nantes from 1989 until this year.

France’s Green Party and several other politicians opposed the construction of the airport over environmental concerns.  Continue reading

Equipment at construction site of gas compressor station sabotaged and stolen

15 Nov

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Editor’s Note: This article appeared in the Times Herald Record newspaper from the Hudson River Valley in NY. A local doula in the area reported the story back to a few Earth First!ers on a “No System But the Ecosystem” speaking tour in the northeast—they all found the news more exciting than the author of the article probably intended.

Compressor station equipment hit

MINISINK — Equipment at the building site of a $43 million natural gas compressor station has been sabotaged and stolen, according to the developer, Millennium Pipeline Co.

Millennium spokesman Steve Sullivan said the damage happened post-Hurricane Sandy, sometime between Oct. 28 and Oct. 31, when construction was halted. Several machines — including a bulldozer, an excavator and a large vibratory roller — were damaged, Sullivan said. High-powered hydraulic hoses were pulled out of the equipment, electronics at the site were stolen and other minor damage was done, he said.

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