In 2011, when occupy encampments exploded across the United States putting the issue of the unfair economy and corruption of Wall Street on the political agenda, there was also an explosion of activist art. Beginning with the iconic image of the ballerina on top of the Wall Street Bull, art has been central to occupy and was an important reason for its powerful impact. The explosion of arts activism involves a wide variety of artistic forms: puppets, balloons, music, meme’s, posters, banners, plays, street theater, poetry, animation and light displays among others. Art has added vitality and energy to advocacy; and it reaches people at deeper emotional levels and in their hearts conveying what cannot be said with mere facts.
This past weekend, over one thousand young people converged on Washington, D.C, to protest the proposed construction of the controversial Keystone KL pipeline. These are the people that climate change will most directly affect, and they wanted President Obama to hear their concerns. We hope he was listening, as the weekend’s events, dubbed “XL Dissent” proved to be quite powerful. After all, the students and activists brought their urgent message right to the front door of the White House. Sunday morning, students and other supporters showed up at campus of Georgetown University to rally before marching over two miles to the White House. On the way to the White House the march made a stop in front of Secretary of State John Kerry’s home, where an oil spill was laid in down on the street in front of his home. Kerry and Obama have the final say on whether or not the pipeline in approved. The arrests continued through the afternoon and well into the cold and rainy evening until 398 student activists were arrested. Most organizers were expecting a few hundred to show up, but none expected the large group that finally showed up in DC to express their opposition to the pipeline and were willing to risk arrest in doing so.
In recent years, Jacobson and his colleagues have developed detailed proposals for converting the energy infrastructures of New York, California and Washington states to 100 percent wind, water and solar power by 2050. The new plan includes an online interactive map tailored to maximize the renewable resource potential of each of the 50 states. Hovering a cursor over California, for example, reveals that the Golden State can meet virtually all of its power demands (transportation, electricity, heating, etc.) in 2050 by switching to a clean technology portfolio that is 55 percent solar, 35 percent wind (on- and offshore), 5 percent geothermal and 4 percent hydroelectric. Nuclear power, ethanol and other biofuels are not included in the proposed energy mix for any of the states.
Below are some initial photographs from the #XLDissent youth protest against the Keystone Pipeline being held today in Washington, DC. More than 1,000 youth activists marched through Washington, DC to the White House. They carried signs opposing the KXL pipeline and saying “We did not vote for KXL” and “Obama: Stop the Pipeline of The PEOPLE Will.” At the White House they chanted “We are unstoppable, another world is possible.” There was a die-in on an oil spill in front of the White House involving scores of youth, some of whom were arrested. At the same time hundreds of youth zip-tied themsevles to the White House fence. They refused to leave after several police warnings and they began to be arrested. As each was arrested they shouted support to each other “We love you” they exclaimed.
What is needed if we are to have a chance of enacting a renewable energy revolution in enough time to prevent widespread and catastrophic climate disruption? Revolutions happen when: ~~A majority of people are either actively or passively in support of the changes that, cumulatively, would constitute a revolution; ~~The ruling powers-that-be are divided, unsure of how to handle rising resistance and with some going over to the side of the revolution; and, ~~The revolutionaries are organized and united.
I know many citizens of Ohio are shocked by the recent revelation based on a public records request that a state-appointed regulatory agency is actually promoting drilling, and working to “convince” the public that it is safe. But I’m not. Call it “lessons learned on the front lines.” Based on personal experience with drilling in my hometown, I was not surprised when I read this information on the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s recently exposed, 10-page memo listing allies, threats, and strategies to convince us that drilling in state parks was a good idea. I was not surprised to read notes that revealed the governor’s office, Halliburton, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, local chambers of commerce and media outlets like the Youngstown Vindicator are “allies” and environmental groups are considered “threats.”
We have nearly 60k signatures calling for leniency in the March 5th sentencing of the MI-CATS 3! Help us put 100k + signatures in the hands of the judge this week. Residents affected by the Kalamazoo river tar sands spill of 2010(still being cleaned up) will be delivering every signature and every voice to judge. We need your support to in the final 3 days of this petition drive! http://www.credomobilize.com/p/MI-CATS3 Please Sign and Share this petition to show solidarity with the MI CATS 3, for their efforts to reverse ecological collapse and defend future generations’ access to fresh water, a stable climate, and clean breathable air. http://www.credomobilize.com/p/MI-CATS3 #MICATStrial #Hope
On Saturday, hundreds of people will rally for clean energy and healthy communities in Wilmington-Port of LA—one of the most fossil-fuel polluted communities in the country. As part of a coast-to-coast Great March for Climate Action, demonstrators will march from the Port through the streets to downtown LA, speaking out to impacted communities and demanding government action against climate change. The march starts in Wilmington because it has the largest concentration of dirty oil refineriesin California. They process 650,000 barrels per day of crude oil every day, pouring pollution into the local, regional and national environment.This,coupled with air pollution from the Ports of LA and Long Beach and the trucks moving to- and fro- on the freeways, impacts the local neighborhoods, primarily working class people of color, who suffer disproportional rates of asthma and cancer.
In this report, Center for Food Safety examines how industrial agriculture – the dominant method of food production in the U.S. – externalizes many social and environmental costs while relying heavily on fossil fuels. Organic farming, by comparison, requires half as much energy, contributes far fewer greenhouse gasses, and, perhaps most surprisingly, is more resilient in the face of climate disruption. Food & Climate: Connecting the Dots, Choosing the Way Forward also recommends that government agricultural policies and regulations be designed to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and toxic chemicals and calls on the public to pressure elected officials to act now to slow down climate change.
Join us in Washington DC March 1-2 to tell President Obama to reject the northern leg of Keystone XL and protect us from a future defined by climate chaos. The plan is to bring together a powerful student-led escalated action in Washington DC to stop Keystone XL on March 2nd, 2014. To participate in the action you will need to plan to be in DC for at least two days — with the unlikely possibility of a third. First, all participants will be required to join a nonviolent direct action training, which will be held from 5-9 PM on Saturday 3/1. Dinner will be provided, and it will be at Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th Street NW. At the training we will discuss the plan for the action, practice key elements of the event, and go through all the legal and logistical issues involved with the action. Everyone who wishes to participate in civil disobedience on the 2nd must attend the training on the 1st.
Five protestors from the radical environmental group Earth First! this morning chained themselves together at the entrance to FPL headquarters in Juno Beach in an attempt to disrupt company operations and protest FPL’s plans to build a massive new power plant on 3,200 acres of land adjacent to the Seminole Tribe’s Big Cypress Reservation. Protest supporters on the scene told New Times they numbered as many 80, and said the group was in discussions with law enforcement pending the arrival of a police cut team. The group has refused an offer not to prosecute in exchange for voluntarily dispersing. Earth First! has called FPL’s plans “an act of environmental racism against indigenous people and an attack on the Everglades.
The demonstration had started in a friendly atmosphere. “No thank you Ayraultport”, “No to Ayrault pork”, “Ayrault also emerges Vinci”, “Ni or airport metropolis, the city is ours” we heard in the procession. “The mobilization is great here. We are here to show our determination to abandon this useless and expensive at this time of shortage project,” said AFP Eva Joly MEP EELV. Given the anti-capitalist component of the event and clashes that have marked previous events, the prefecture on Friday adopted a modification of the route so that it avoids the downtown core. The event is organized two months after the publication of prefectural ordinances authorizing the start of pre-construction of the airport. Appeals were filed against these orders but do not have suspensive effect.However, work has still not started.
A natural gas export terminal being proposed near a small coastal town in Maryland would increase toxic gas fracking operations around the region, hurt the environment, speed up climate change, and do little for “energy independence” in the United States, campaigners warned at the “the largest environmental protest in Baltimore history” on Thursday. At issue is the proposal to convert the Dominion Cove Point Liquid Natural Gas import terminal into an export terminal, a plan which is up for approval with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. However, Maryland’s Public Service Commission in Baltimore has the power to veto the proposed 130-megawatt power plant that energy company Dominion needs to build for the export operation, the Baltimore Sun reports. On Thursday, the commission held a hearing on Dominion’s proposal, which drew over 700 protesters from around Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region to its doorstep.
An Interview with Tim DeChristopher, the founder of Peaceful Uprising who is widely known known for one of the more creative acts of non violent insurrection and civil disobedience in recent memory when he disrupted a government oil and gas lease auction in order to protect fragile land in southern Utah from long term damage. That story became the subject of the documentary Bidder 70, and that act resulted in DeChrispher spending 21 months in federal custody. Tim is among the organizers calling for a Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit, whose mission is “an education and direct action campaign beginning this spring, with “10 days to change course,” running from Earth Day to May Day. It provides coordinated action and collaboration across fronts of struggle and national borders to harness the transformative power we already possess as a thousand separate movements. These grassroots justice movements are sweeping the globe, rising up against the global assault on our shared economy, ecology, peace and democracy. The accelerating climate disaster, which threatens to unravel civilization as soon as 2050, intensifies all of these struggles and creates new urgency for collaboration and unified action.
To date, 1.5 million liters of bitumen has been mopped up from the surface. A small lake has been partially drained and it’s been reported that 200 animals, birds, amphibians, and mammals have perished. It’s a relatively new type of industrial accident and what has Albertans scared is there is no way to stop or control the flow of bitumen from deep underground. And if anyone knows how it started, their lips are sealed. Three agencies are currently investigating. These include the federal Environment Ministry, the Alberta Environment Ministry and the Alberta Energy Regulator. Details aren’t being released until these investigations are done. Eighty per cent of Alberta’s oil sands reserves is too deep underground to surface mine. To get at it, the resource companies must drill.