I’m writing a very personal post, which as usual means I’m half-blocked and writing very slowly. Can’t be helped, this is my only process. So while that goes on, let’s celebrate Jane Fonda, who at the age of 84, after five arrests and recent treatment for cancer, once again leads the Fire Drill protests that began years ago, before Covid. (gift link should get you past the firewall). Their goal is to increase awareness of the continual dangers of climate change, and to pressure Congress to take action now. Fonda retakes the Hill: ‘Cancer is scary, but the climate crisis …Continue reading →
Including Rosemary Mosco herself. A lot of online climate change talk focuses on villains, and it can be so isolating. But there are many, many amazing people who are taking action. Here are 16 of them. pic.twitter.com/vEivvja20M — Rosemary Mosco (Bird And Moon Comics) (@RosemaryMosco) August 16, 2022
Reporting live from the border crisis at the end of the wall: pic.twitter.com/FcKCwbvt1u — Laiken Jordahl (@LaikenJordahl) July 28, 2021 I support the Center for Biological Diversity, and so should you!
Deb Haaland was sworn in today as Secretary of the Interior. This is the best choice Biden could have made for this position. In the New Yorker, Bill McKibben said: [M]uch of the pressure will fall on Haaland, because the territory she’s responsible for is so vast, and the political terrain so charged. She’s a brilliant choice because, with luck, she’ll be able to summon the rest of the country to appreciate the legacy that she now protects: the amazing landscape of the American West, the ancestral home of her own people and of many of our ideas about American …Continue reading →
“I acknowledge that we are on the ancestral homelands of the Nakochtank, Anacostan, and Piscataway people.” Above is her opening statement. Tom Udall and Mark Udall say, in USA Today: Rep. Haaland’s nomination is both historic and long overdue. If confirmed, she would be the first Native American Cabinet member. Her record is in line with mainstream conservation priorities. Thus, the exceptional criticism of Rep. Haaland and the threatened holds on her nomination must be motivated by something other than her record. Of course as a woman she gets more scrutiny, even more so as an Indigenous woman. Today she …Continue reading →
The Intercept’s Ryan Devereaux has an excellent and horrifying overview of the damage being done at Organ Pipe. Trump Is Blowing Up a National Monument in Arizona to Make Way for the Border Wall Contractors working for the Trump administration are blowing apart a mountain on protected lands in southern Arizona to make way for the president’s border wall. The blasting is happening on the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a tract of Sonoran Desert wilderness long celebrated as one of the nation’s great ecological treasures, that holds profound spiritual significance to multiple Native American groups…. Celebrated as “a pristine …Continue reading →
More from Laiken Jordahl, reporting from the border: Trump’s wall is destroying the environment activists are protecting Imagine dedicating your entire life to protecting a place. Then imagine watching everything you’ve worked to protect be bulldozed by a desperate, self-serving president. That’s what’s happening right now to career scientists and conservationists at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on Arizona’s border with Mexico. I used to work there too. It breaks my heart. Organ Pipe, a sprawling 500-square-mile wilderness area home to the best preserved Sonoran Desert ecosystem on the planet, is being butchered by President Trump’s border wall…. The wall …Continue reading →
And even those who survive may have no habitat to return to. From the Washington Post: A billion animals have been caught in Australia’s fires. Some may go extinct. Some of the rarest species on Earth are threatened by fires scorching their habitats, scientists warn. …More than 1 billion mammals, birds and reptiles nationwide — some of them found nowhere else on Earth — may have been affected or killed by the fires sweeping across Australia, according to a University of Sydney estimate. The potential toll is far greater when other types of animals are included. “We’re not just talking …Continue reading →