LNG FERC Hearings

“Throughout September, FERC will conduct hearings about the Oregon LNG project and the connected Washington Expansion Project (a series of new pipeline segments in Washington designed to feed into the proposed Oregon LNG pipeline and terminal). The hearings will take public input on the adequacy of FERC’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), which purports to assess the combined impact of Oregon LNG’s terminal, the Oregon LNG Pipeline, and the Washington Expansion Project. FERC will hold hearings in Astoria, Vernonia, Ridgefield, Kelso, and throughout the state of Washington.”

Activists March Against Nestlé On Bridge of The Gods

August 29, 2015

This morning, activists marched across The Bridge of the Gods to protest a proposed Nestlé bottled-water plant at Cascade Locks, Oregon.

The bridge is only opened once a year for pedestrian traffic.
Hundreds of sightseers and community members gather for the stunning
view of the Columbia River. Today, they were joined by twenty
protesters, who marched with a bridge-spanning banner that read: “Stop
Nestlé By Any Means Necessary.”

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage firm. Despite a
history of human rights abuses, this Switzerland-based corporation has
made billions privatizing public water supplies around the world.

Their planned bottling facility in the Columbia River Gorge would
siphon off 118 million gallons of water every year from Oxbow Springs.
Opposition is widespread, especially from indigenous communities.

“Nestlé already has millions, they don’t need our water,” said Ernest
J. Edwards of the Yakama Nation. “Our water is for the salmon.”

Treaties made with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs recognize
their fishing rights. Tribal member Anna Mae Leonard held a five-day
hunger strike last week, surviving only on water from Oxbow Springs.
Despite this community opposition, the State of Oregon and local
governments have so far sided with Nestlé.

“The water of the Gorge does not belong to Nestlé. It belongs to the
Salmon, to the forests, to all non-humans, and to the indigenous
communities,” said protester Jules Freeman. “It’s a desecration to
bottle this water in toxic plastic and sell it back to us for a profit.”
Freeman is a member of Deep Green Resistance, the group that organized
the protest.

Opposition to Nestlé bottled water plants has been successful in the
past; projects in Florida, Wisconsin, California, and elsewhere were
scrapped after communities rose up in defiance. Freeman thinks the same
can be done here.

“The community does not want this, but the government has not
listened. But it doesn’t matter: if they won’t stop Nestlé, we will.”

If you are concerned about the Nestlé project, contact Oregon
Governor Kate Brown at 503-378-4582 and Oregon Department of Fish and
Wildlife Director Curt Melcher at 503-947-6044.

The Northwest Preparedness Expo

The Northwest Preparedness Expo

Are you prepared?

Join us at The Northwest Preparedness Expo in 2015 and learn why it is important to be prepared… and what preparedness means! Geared for both the questioning newbie as well as the experienced, this two day event will cover the 5 S’s of preparedness: Safety, Sustenance, Shelter, Skills and Supplies. Browse the vendors and find the gear that is right for you be it first aid kits, tools or food stores. Sit in on one of the classes offered and learn about alternative energy sources, herbal medicine, canning, home defense, communication in an emergency situation, and many other topics.

Interview: False Solutions of Green Tech

Taylor Weech of Praxis recently interviewed Carson Wright and Travis London of Deep Green Resistance Lower Columbia about their tour “Business as Usual: the False Solutions of Green Tech.”

Carson and Travis discuss what brought them to environmentalism and to Deep Green Resistance, the problems of green technology, the mainstream environmental hope for a solution to our environmental crisis that maintains our comforts, and the difficulty of going against this current within environmentalism. They point out that we can’t address climate change with the same structures of civilization that created the disruption in the first place, and critique the recent People’s Climate March.

Weech asks excellent questions to draw out her interviewees in exploring what it will really take to achieve sustainability, the impacts different technologies have on the society using them, liberal vs radical approaches to effecting change and how they can work together, the difference between civilization and non-civilized cultures, the DGR strategy of Decisive Ecological Warfare, and much more.

This interview is a valuable introduction to Deep Green Resistance for people who care about the environment but are new to radical ideas, and should be of great interest to those already working in the radical realm.

Links mentioned:
Facebook event for talk: https://www.facebook.com/events/801258273259053/
http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/26215-like-a-dull-knife-the-peoples-climate-farce

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Business As Usual: The False Solutions of Green Tech

From solar panels, to wind turbines, to electric vehicles, advanced technologies branded as “clean and green” have become the poster children of the mainstream environmental movement. The reality is that these technologies have little to do with protecting the living world and everything to do with preserving the industrial system that’s responsible for killing planet. In this series of speaking events taking place across the Pacific Northwest, members of Deep Green Resistance Lower Columbia will reveal the empty promises, destroyed ecosystems, and false solutions behind so called “green” technology. Afterward, we’ll be offering a set of realistic, radical solutions that genuinely address the true scope of the crisis we face.

Listen to Carson and Travis interviewed on Praxis Radio about DGR and this tour.

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Business As Usual: The False Solutions of Green Tech

From solar panels, to wind turbines, to electric vehicles, advanced technologies branded as “clean and green” have become the poster children of the mainstream environmental movement. The reality is that these technologies have little to do with protecting the living world and everything to do with preserving the industrial system that’s responsible for killing planet. In this series of speaking events taking place across the Pacific Northwest, members of Deep Green Resistance Lower Columbia will reveal the empty promises, destroyed ecosystems, and false solutions behind so called “green” technology. Afterward, we’ll be offering a set of realistic, radical solutions that genuinely address the true scope of the crisis we face.

Listen to Carson and Travis interviewed on Praxis Radio about DGR and this tour.

Business As Usual: The False Solutions of Green Tech

From solar panels, to wind turbines, to electric vehicles, advanced technologies branded as “clean and green” have become the poster children of the mainstream environmental movement. The reality is that these technologies have little to do with protecting the living world and everything to do with preserving the industrial system that’s responsible for killing planet. In this series of speaking events taking place across the Pacific Northwest, members of Deep Green Resistance Lower Columbia will reveal the empty promises, destroyed ecosystems, and false solutions behind so called “green” technology. Afterward, we’ll be offering a set of realistic, radical solutions that genuinely address the true scope of the crisis we face.

Listen to Carson and Travis interviewed on Praxis Radio about DGR and this tour.

Business As Usual tour

Business As Usual: The False Solutions of Green Tech

From solar panels, to wind turbines, to electric vehicles, advanced technologies branded as “clean and green” have become the poster children of the mainstream environmental movement. The reality is that these technologies have little to do with protecting the living world and everything to do with preserving the industrial system that’s responsible for killing planet. In this series of speaking events taking place across the Pacific Northwest, members of Deep Green Resistance Lower Columbia will reveal the empty promises, destroyed ecosystems, and false solutions behind so called “green” technology. Afterward, we’ll be offering a set of realistic, radical solutions that genuinely address the true scope of the crisis we face.

Listen to Carson and Travis interviewed on Praxis Radio about DGR and this tour.

“How many environmentalists does it take to change a lightbulb?

“How many environmentalists does it take to change a lightbulb?

Ten. One to write the lightbulb a letter requesting that it change. Four to circulate online petitions. One to file a lawsuit demanding it change. One to send the lightbulb lovingkindness™, knowing that this is the only way real change occurs. One to accept the lightbulb precisely the way it is, clear in the knowledge that to not accept another is to do great harm to oneself. One to write a book about how and why the lightbulb needs to change. And finally one to smash the fucking lightbulb, because we all know it’s never going to change.” – Derrick Jensen

In honor of Earth Day, take a moment to recognize…

Nearly 1000 environmental activists murdered since 2002

Image by Greenpeace

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay

At least 908 people were murdered for taking a stand to defend the environment between 2002 and 2013, according to a new report today from Global Witness, which shows a dramatic uptick in the murder rate during the past four years. Notably, the report appears on the same day that another NGO, Survival International, released a video of a gunman terrorizing a Guarani indigenous community in Brazil, which has recently resettled on land taken from them by ranchers decades ago. According to the report, nearly half of the murders over the last decade occurred in Brazil—448 in all—and over two-thirds—661—involved land conflict.

“There can be few starker or more obvious symptoms of the global environmental crisis than a dramatic upturn in killings of ordinary people defending rights to their land or environment,” said Oliver Courtney of Global Witness. “Yet this rapidly worsening problem is going largely unnoticed, and those responsible almost always get away with it. We hope our findings will act as the wake-up call that national governments and the international community clearly need.”

But as grisly as the report is, it’s likely a major underestimation of the issue. The report covers just 35 countries where violence against environmental activists remains an issue, but leaves out a number of major countries where environmental-related murders are likely occurring but with scant reporting.

“Because of the live, under-recognized nature of this problem, an exhaustive global analysis of the situation is not possible,” reads the report. “For example, African countries such as Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Zimbabwe that are enduring resource-fueled unrest are highly likely to be affected, but information is almost impossible to gain without detailed field investigations.”

In fact, reports of hundreds of additional killings in countries like Ethiopia, Myanmar, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe were left out due to lack of rigorous information.

Even without these countries included, the number of environmental activists killed nearly approaches the number of journalists murdered during the same period—913—an issue that gets much more press. Environmental activists most at risk are people fighting specific industries.

“Many of those facing threats are ordinary people opposing land grabs, mining operations and the industrial timber trade, often forced from their homes and severely threatened by environmental devastation,” reads the report. “Indigenous communities are particularly hard hit. In many cases, their land rights are not recognized by law or in practice, leaving them open to exploitation by powerful economic interests who brand them as ‘anti-development’.”

As if to highlight these points, Survival International released a video today that the groups says shows a gunman firing at the Pyelito Kuê community of Guarani indigenous people. The incident injured one woman, according to the group. The Guarani have been campaigning for decades to have land returned to them that has been taken by ranchers.

“This video gives a brief glimpse of what the Guarani endure month after month—harassment, intimidation, and sometimes murder, just for trying to live in peace on tiny fractions of the ancestral land that was once stolen from them,” the director of Survival International, Stephen Corry, said. “Is it too much to expect the Brazilian authorities, given the billions they’re spending on the World Cup, to sort this problem out once and for all, rather than let the Indians’ misery continue?”

According to the report, two major drivers of repeated violence against environmental activists are a lack of attention to the issue and widespread impunity for perpetrators. In fact, Global Witness found that only ten people have been convicted for the 908 murders documented in the report, meaning a conviction rate of just 1.1 percent to date.

“Environmental human rights defenders work to ensure that we live in an environment that enables us to enjoy our basic rights, including rights to life and health,” John Knox, UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment said. “The international community must do more to protect them from the violence and harassment they face as a result.”

From Mongabay: “Nearly a thousand environmental activists murdered since 2002