Note: Two of Global Justice Ecology Project’s team are also active organizers with Rising Tide Vermont, working with community members to stop a proposed fracked gas pipeline.
This “Agents of SHIELD” show is just another example of corporate pop culture supporting the power elite’s agenda of continued domination and oppression, and casting people fighting for social and environmental justice as misanthropic “terrorists.” Yet another reason to throw your television out the window….
-The GJEP Team
By Graeme McMillan, 26 September, 2013. Source: WIRED
Photo: Rising Tide in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (L), Rising Tide North America (R)
Tuesday’s debut of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introduced viewers to “Rising Tide,” a mysterious group of hacktivists who are attempting to expose the work of S.H.I.E.L.D. to the public. Unfortunately, there’s also a real-world organization called Rising Tide, and it isn’t entirely thrilled to have its name associated with a group described as “a looming threat” to the world.
The real-life Rising Tide, it turns out, is an international volunteer group created to work on climate issues on a grassroots level. With networks on four continents — including groups in both the United Kingdom and Australia — the North American network, founded in 2006, now spans the U.S., Canada and Mexico. ”In the last two years, we’ve seen a spike in interest, based in part around issues of extraction and coal mining,” the organization’s Scott Parkin told WIRED. “There was a big fight last year in Texas around the Keystone pipeline, and that started out as a Rising Tide chapter.”
The organization is particularly concerned about sharing a name with the fictional Rising Tide on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. because it also appears to be an activist group, and one that is portrayed as a danger to the heroes of the show. Continue reading