"Environmental injustice harms incarcerated persons as well as their families and ecosystems within, around, and beyond the prison's walls.
This occurs through both exposures to environmental threats and through the broader ways that harsh inequalities are produced across many social institutions in this nation (e.g., housing, education, health care, etc.) that intersect with the prison system and structure domination, constrain behaviors and freedoms, and that intensely criminalize certain populations.
This means that, expanding upon earlier environmental justice study approaches that tend to frame harmful environmental exposure in one-dimensional terms, prisons represent a way of understanding how particular bodies and communities can suffer the brutality of environmental racism as criminalization from birth through death: from living in toxic homes and residential communities that are also occupied by police forces, to attending schools that are inundated with toxics and occupied by police, to employment in toxic industries where workers are also routinely surveilled and disciplined, to incarceration in toxic prisons where criminalization and surveillance come with the territory." ... See MoreSee Less
The United States of America has the largest prison system of any nation on Earth, the largest number of prisoners of any country, and one of the highest percentages of imprisoned persons of any natio...
"A US thinktank with close ties to Donald Trump has obtained accreditation for a delegation of climate science deniers to the UN summit currently underway in Madrid.
Organisations accredited to attend on behalf of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which has received significant funding from oil giant ExxonMobil and the Koch family, include the UK’s Centre for Policy Studies, the Chicago-based Heartland Institute and the European Institute for Climate and Energy." ... See MoreSee Less
"At the December 3–5 pipeline conference, Mathis called for more study, and falsely claimed that the science does not back up the notion that fossil fuel–burning has caused climate change." ... See MoreSee Less
Last month, 11,258 scientists from virtually every country in the world published a study on climate change, writing that they collectively declared “clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is f...
"The coal made it to the power plant this time, but this movement is growing in sophistication and power. In this first blockade, the coal was stopped for 11 hours. 24 people were arrested or issued court summons in 2 states. All it takes is a few people to bring the fossil fuel industry to a halt. There are a lot more people out there who are ready for climate justice to become a reality, and people across New England are gearing up." ... See MoreSee Less
"Many policymakers have responded by pushing for what has come to be called “green growth.” All we need to do, they argue, is invest in more efficient technology and introduce the right incentives, and we’ll be able to keep growing while simultaneously reducing our impact on the natural world, which is already at an unsustainable level. In technical terms, the goal is to achieve “absolute decoupling” of GDP from the total use of natural resources, according to the U.N. definition."
"It sounds like an elegant solution to an otherwise catastrophic problem. There’s just one hitch: New evidence suggests that green growth isn’t the panacea everyone has been hoping for. In fact, it isn’t even possible."
if you think of growth as “conversion of other-than-human beings into money and stuff for humans” then it seems clear that there is no such thing as growth to begin with, but instead a vast redistribution of wellbeing from trees and fish and rivers to humans (and mostly to humans with lots of human currency already)
What is there to say about politicians and corporate CEOs who are surrounded by advisors, have access to more information than the vast majority of us, yet continue to act as if the dangers of climate change are not real? “On first appearances, this might seem like a fundamentally irrational standpoint. It would be more accurate, however, to describe it as evil.” Analysis from Australia, where ecosystems and communities are coping with ferocious wildfires and a prime minister who fiddles while the bush burns. ... See MoreSee Less
A huge thanks to Climate Disobedience Center for their work to shut down Merrimack Station, one of the last remaining coal power plants in New England. In case the greenhouse gas emissions weren't concerning enough, the water quality concerns are plentiful. See the comments section below for more details. ... See MoreSee Less
Exactly. We must stay in the streets, occupy and disrupt, otherwise it’s in vain.
While i agree that these marches are low impact and kindof preaching to the choire. Should we expect a bunch of minors to organize NVDA's? the strike in Rochester here yesterday was 90% school kids with a few parents and teachers. Some of us from XR roc showed up but my point is that this is the best thing a bunch of kids can do. Its up to us to create the disruption that is needed and if im not mistaken shes supportive of XR. If we do things right we can bring these people in as part of our 3.5%.
From Migrant Justice in an email circulated last night:
On November 22nd, Chiri was heading from the farm to Burlington with his cousin and friends when his car was pulled over by Deputy Jeffry Turner. Even though Chiri was a passenger, Deputy Turner demanded to see his ID. When Chiri gave him a Mexican passport, Turner photographed it and radioed Border Patrol. He held everyone on the side of the interstate until agents arrived and detained Chiri."
Deputy Turner’s actions violate his own department’s “Fair and Impartial Policing” policy, which states that “members of the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department shall not initiate or prolong stops for the purpose of enforcing civil immigration matters, such as suspicion of undocumented status, nor shall they prolong stops for the purpose of allowing federal immigration authorities to conduct such investigation.”
We have fought hard over the years to pass law after law ensuring that every police agency in Vermont adopt Fair and Impartial Policing policies that protect the rights of immigrants. Now is the time to hold the police accountable! ... See MoreSee Less
Over 60 residents crammed into Bristol's fire station tonight to hear legislators talk about their 2020 climate plans. XR members were there in force and didn't shy away from telling them how we feel. ... See MoreSee Less
A message to the Climate Solutions Caucus from some of our Extinction Rebellion members from Southern Vermont. The climate solutions caucus is having a forum in Burlington this coming Tuesday, December 3rd. Come out and tell them that they need to be treating this situation like the crisis that it is. A link to the event page for the forum is in the comments section of this post.
Join us for a lively discussion on the plight of the honeybee and other pollinators. Experts from all aspects of the field of pollinators will be on hand to educate and inspire us to take notice of th...
This article does an excellent job describing what we do and don't know about tipping points and feedback loops, and grapples with how this knowledge can inform humanity's response to the climate crisis.
"The upshot is that we don’t know for sure what is round the corner, and we need better conversations about how to respond to the range of possibilities. Preparation for worst-case scenarios does not require us to believe them inevitable, but vindicates the adoption of a rational, risk-based approach designed to proactively pursue the admirable goal for Deep Adaptation: safeguarding as much of society as possible."
In the Name of Wild Nature Dear sisters and brothers and trans-siblings We have come together today to reclaim the commons in the name of wild nature! We have come to open ourselves to hear the voices, feel the life and spirit of the wild creatures whose very existence as species are threatened by the damage we humans are wreaking upon our planetary habitat. We come to proclaim our commitment to live in solidarity with all creation! To follow the voice of conscience. To follow the path of the heart. To remember our kinship with every other living being. We come together to reclaim the commons! We stand here in this remnant of the commons. This green island in the city harboring these sage trees. And remind ourselves that the commons is an ancient approach based on a widely-shared worldview. Traditional farmers and indigenous communities around the world still retain vestiges of this form of societal organization. Many are struggling to reclaim it. Colonial and capitalist systems are antithetical to this approach and have compromised or obliterated communal land holdings wherever and whenever the two cultural approaches have collided. Ever since the process of Enclosure began in Great Britain in the 13th century the war on the commons worldwide has only grown in intensity. Corporate personhood is the culmination of enclosure. It is the total destruction of the commons. The current global civilization has become a death camp for nature. Neo-liberal Capitalism depends on the annihilation of nature. The GNP is a measure of destruction. Exponential growth is a form of mass insanity and collective suicide. Under current law nature has no rights. It is time for us to recognize the right of nature to exist. Under natural law everything that lives has a right to live.
We recognize that the current political maps by which we organize civil society are arbitrary lines imposed on the landscape by land grants from colonial governments decreed hundreds of years ago and do not represent natural systems. We need to re-think the way we perceive landscape. Begin to read it by shape and inherent design rather than by imposed line. We need to open ourselves to the natural intelligence of the land. Understand where and when it is best to simply step out of the way.
Each one of us and all of us collectively, in a subtle form of mutual aid, must begin the process of de-colonization of our minds, hearts, and bodies---right down to the cellular level---oppressor and oppressed. We are all traumatized by the singular fact of being born into a world already ravaged and damaged by forty generations of civilized humans. We were molded in a society propped up by the destruction of the natural world. We were expected to take it as normal that that forests be cut, the wetlands drained, and grasslands plowed down to feed the needs of human expansion. We all bear responsibility for habitat loss. We all have an opportunity to become the healer.
If we are to solve the climate and ecological crisis we will have to cooperate and legislate at an international level. Ultimately nation states will become meaningless. Giving way to cooperating Bio-Regions. A world government that works justly for all humans and all species will be comprised of democratically elected representatives from fully autonomous sovereign regional governments. If humans can evolve to become a successful keystone species it will be because we will go on to create a planetary regenerative culture rooted in ecological enlightenment.
In the world we will co-evolve together eco-cide and bio-cide will be abolished under planetary law!
We know what we stand against. And while we engage in creative non-violent resistance---let us not forget to take time together to envision the world we want to see. Not the world we think is possible---but the world we most want to see with our deepest longings. To not be afraid to speak our childish dreams. To unleash the pure light energy of our imaginations.
A bioregional eco-socialist organization of society will allow us to reclaim the commons for all humanity and for all creation. Bioregions defined by watersheds will recognize their interdependence yet be decentralized and autonomous. Right of use replaces private property. Mutual aid replaces alienated greed. Individuals and families still retain personal property but these are articles and goods not land and water and air and all that lives and breathes upon them and within them.
Spiritual anarchy is the heart of eco-socialism. The more enlightened a people become the less need they have for rules. Those who are most free are those who have assumed responsibility for the well-being of everyone and everything. And who know that well-being begins with the earth beneath our feet. “Half Wild” is an international movement started by a group of conservation biologists who have determined that the way to save bio-diversity on the planet (necessary for the survival of all species---including humans) is to reserve half of the land and half of the oceans for wild nature. A “Half-Wild Upper Valley Bioregion” will demonstrate the efficacy of this approach. Imagine a future world in which one half of all land is designated as wildlands in perpetuity. Wildlife corridors are established to prevent habitat fragmentation. The privatization of nature is abolished.
We will no longer speak of ourselves as consumers. We will become ecologically enlightened producers. This is a transformation that occurs not only in the mind but from engaging completely with a particular place. The story lines in the landscape become written in your DNA. The soil biome is mirrored in your gut.
I am a small farmer and this is what I am just beginning to comprehend after thirty-five years of practicing the craft: Restoration of the Soil Carbon Sponge is the most effective tool we have at our disposal to mitigate global heating. Not only does healthy soil sequester carbon it also holds water. When soils are degraded or destroyed the water goes into the air as water vapor and adds still more heat to the greenhouse effect. Restoration of soil in every habitat from forest to rangeland to desert will restore the planet’s natural hydrologic cycles and naturally cool the environment. Over healthy soils there are abundant clouds. We have always assumed that the forest needs rain but now we understand that rain needs forests. Right rain requires healthy soils.
People who take care of land. Serve land as faithful caretakers. Who know when to step out of the way and let nature heal herself---these are the real revolutionaries. Show me the healer and I will show you the real revolutionary.
Now is the time when we all must become those good caretakers. Every one of us needs to become engaged land managers. We all need to become earth healers. This is the most important direct action we can undertake. It’s going to take every one of us working together to break free from the chains of the predatory capitalist system and to free all the other species from the certain death sentence of an unchecked industrial growth society. Our civil disobedience. Our rebellion for LIFE. Compels us to demand an immediate transition to an ecological civilization. We hunger to live in right relation with the planet. We are her children. And we are her eyes and ears, hearts and hands, awakening to our senses. The time is now. Rebel for LIFE! ... See MoreSee Less
Food for thought: would we be happier in a degrowth economy?
"given the extent of ecological overshoot – and bearing in mind that the poorest nations still need some room to develop their economies and allow the poorest billions to attain a dignified level of existence – the transition will require the richest nations to downscale radically their resource and energy demands."
What does genuine economic progress look like? The orthodox answer is that a bigger economy is always better, but this idea is increasingly strained by the knowledge that, on a finite planet, the econ...