In Cochabamba Bolivia in 2011, tens of thousands were present on Mother Earth Day as the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth was declared in response to the “privatization” of nature by the corporate state. This was in alignment with Indigenous worldviews that have accelerated the development of rights of nature law. Both Ecuador and Bolivia, as well as numerous local jurisdictions, have amended their constitutions to include a “rights of nature.”
In this episode, we talk with Pennie Opal Plant (@PennieOpal) and Shannon Biggs (@ShannonKBiggs), co-founders of Movement Rights (@movementrights), about the growing movement around the rights of nature. We discuss the legal, political and cultural aspects of the growing rights of nature movement. We also discuss the recent news that oil has begun to flow through Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline after 8 years of resistance, the Indigenous rights movement and the climate movements in the U.S. and globally. Continue reading “Mother Earth Doesn’t Negotiate. On the Rights of Nature w/ Pennie Opal Plant & Shannon Biggs”
“There is new crop of forest defense climate activists feeling a new sense of urgency that the traditional environmental advocacy isn’t doing it…”
— Daniel with Cascadia Forest Defenders
The Pacific Northwest has a long history of organizing and direct action around logging and timber industries. From the Wobblies trying to organize the logging sector in the early twentieth century to Earth First!’s campaigns to stop old growth logging to the new generation of forest defenders linking the struggle for wild places and communities to the climate crisis, direct action has always tried to get the goods.Continue reading “Cascadia Forest Defense and the Climate Crisis”
The Pacific Northwest has a long history of organizing and direct action around logging and timber industries. From the Wobblies trying to organize the logging sector in the early twentieth century to Earth First!’s campaigns to stop old growth logging to the new generation of forest defenders linking the struggle for wild places and communities to the climate crisis, direct action has always tried to get the goods.
For 25 years, since the epic timber wars of the 1990s in places like Warner Creek, Oregon, Cascadia Forest Defense (CFD) has been at the forefront of challenging the logging industry, complicit politicians, federal agencies and, in general, capitalism. In the past month, CFD has put up new tree-sit blockades to disrupt logging operations in the Willamette National Forest. Continue reading “Oregon’s Timber Wars and the Climate Crisis w/ Cascadia Forest Defense”
This week, TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) announced that they were finally terminating the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) project after over a decade resistance from the Alberta tar sands to Wall Street to the White House to the Gulf Coast.
Scott Parkin, one of our favorite co-hosts of Green and Red Podcast, worked for ten years in the climate justice movements to stop KXL from being built. In this episode, Bob interviews Scott about his work in stopping the KXL pipeline, strategies to fight the oil industry and what’s next for the climate justice movement. Continue reading “Canceled. The Keystone XL Pipeline is over and done.”
In the 1980s, a movement emerged globally in solidarity with Indigenous communities to save the world’s remaining rainforests. We talk with co-founder of Rainforest Action Network (RAN) about it.
Described by the Wall Street Journal as “an environmental pit bull,” Randy Hayes is the co-founder of Rainforest Action Network, and is an author, filmmaker and environmentalist. Hayes is a veteran of many high-visibility corporate accountability campaigns and has advocated for the rights of Indigenous peoples throughout the world. He is currently the executive director of Foundation Earth and a consultant to the World Future Council, based in Washington, DCContinue reading “Bonus Video: Randy Hayes talks about the founding of Rainforest Action Network”
We get into the climate politics of the western states, the hypocrisy of Democratic politicians preaching climate rhetoric while allowing fossil fuel companies to continue business as usual, the class impacts of the wildfires, and how climate change is exacerbating the wildfires and volatile political situations in places like Portland. Continue reading “The Ravages of Western Wildfires with Journalist Joshua Frank”
In this episode, we talk with muckraker journalist and Kenosha kid Steve Horn (@steveahorn) from the Real News Network (@TheRealNews) about Kenosha, WI and California climate politics.
We start with Kenoha’s history of deindustrialization and surburbanization since the auto giant Chrysler left the city in the late 1980s, and then get into the current politics around the police shooting of Jacob Blake, the eruption of protests in Kenosha and the subsequent shooting of unarmed protestors by teenage racist militia member Kyle Rittenhouse.We also discuss the trope of “outside agitators” Continue reading “VIDEO: The Road to Kenosha and California’s Wildfires with Muckraker Steve Horn”