April 24, 2014. Source: Idle No More
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KPFK Sojourner Truth Earth Watch: Rue on the Tar Sands Blockade and environmental racism in Houston’s East End
This week’s Earth Watch features Rue, a writer, independent media and film maker, and queer radical social and environmental justice activist. Rue talks about their organizing work with the Tar Sands Blockade including the actual tree blockade in rural East Texas and environmental justice work in Houston’s toxic East End, as well as the importance of bridging extraction resistance movements and necessity of bringing the struggles of frontline communities to the center of the environmental movement.
Global Justice Ecology Project teams up with KPFK’s Sojourner Truth show for weekly Earth Minutes every Tuesday and Earth Watch interviews every Thursday.
Note: The article below contains urgent, alarming information regarding tar sands. The science makes it clear: If the tar sands are extracted and burned, averting catastrophic warming will be a hope of the past (if it isn’t already). However, there are major issues with this article. The author fails to include voices from communities impacted from extreme energy extraction, and supports false solutions like Carbon Capture and Storage, nuclear energy and market-based mechanisms to reduce emissions and extraction. He even implies that Shell might be taking serious steps to “clean up” tar sands extraction.
Biofuelwatch recently released a report detailing the ineffectiveness of Carbon Capture and Storage in reducing emissions, from fossil fuels and so-called “alternatives” like biomass. Only a massive reduction in consumption will stop the extraction of extreme energy, and that massive reduction is not going to be provided by putting a price on carbon.
Kandi Mossett, an organizer with Indigenous Environmental Network, was featured on KPFK Sojourner Truth show’s Earth Segment in November, where she discussed the impacts of fracking and tar sands on Indigenous communities. The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, who has been fighting to get Shell out of Alberta, is directly impacted from tar sands development. There are real people and real communities behind the numbers presented in this article, and their stories need telling.
Its time to stop martyrizing the cautious white guys, and start taking leadership from the communities who have been fighting these projects – and the capitalist system that causes them – for decades.
-The GJEP Team
By David Biello, January 23, 2013. Source: Scientific American
James Hansen has been publicly speaking about climate change since 1988. The NASA climatologist testified to Congress that year and he’s been testifying ever since to crowds large and small, most recently to a small gathering of religious leaders outside the White House last week. The grandfatherly scientist has the long face of a man used to seeing bad news in the numbers and speaks with the thick, even cadence of the northern Midwest, where he grew up, a trait that also helps ensure that his sometimes convoluted science gets across.
This cautious man has also been arrested multiple times.
His acts of civil disobedience started in 2009, and he was first arrested in 2011 for protesting the development of Canada’s tar sands and, especially, the Keystone XL pipeline proposal that would serve to open the spigot for such oil even wider. “To avoid passing tipping points, such as initiation of the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, we need to limit the climate forcing severely. It’s still possible to do that, if we phase down carbon emissions rapidly, but that means moving expeditiously to clean energies of the future,” he explains. “Moving to tar sands, one of the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fuels on the planet, is a step in exactly the opposite direction, indicating either that governments don’t understand the situation or that they just don’t give a damn.”
October 2, 2012. Source: Tar Sands Blockade
Note: If you haven’t noticed, there is an epic fight going on in Texas to stop TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. Consecutive and ongoing blockades and tree sits have delayed construction for weeks, and have inspired people across the country to embrace direct action campaigns against the Tar Sands. All the while, TransCanada continues to order workers to fell trees dangerously close to blockaders, embraces torture tactics against activists and intimidates private property owners who are resisting the illegal seizure of their land. If you are looking for a great way to pass the time, consider heading down to Texas to join in the fight. You can attend the Tar Sands Direct Action Training Camp on October 12-14 in East Texas to get trained and get involved.
-The GJEP Team