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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.

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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“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