Bill McKibben on how to protect the earth from a Trumpocalypse

February 2, 2017 by  
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If you’re feeling overwhelmed in the face of President Donald Trump’s overtures to ignore climate science, resuscitate oil pipelines , and in general undo all of the environmental progress we have made so far, you’re not alone. But you can take action, and renowned climate activist and author Bill McKibben is here to tell you how. Bill McKibben knows a thing or two about activism. His landmark book The End of Nature came out in 1989 under Republican president Ronald Reagan. Since then he has penned several more books and been active in environmental fights under presidents from both major political parties. He’s protested the Keystone XL pipeline in front of the White House, for which he was arrested. And he helped bring attention to ExxonMobil’s deliberate suppression of climate change information , to name just a few of his global actions. Related: 8 ways to help the water protectors at the Standing Rock Reservation But, if you’re not Bill McKibben, activism under Donald Trump’s administration can be intimidating. When asked how he feels about people who are discouraged, McKibben told Inhabitat, “Me too. But people have faced big challenges before. And if Trumpism goes down, much will go down with it: climate denial, for instance. We don’t know whether Trump is going to be bad in a normal way or bad in an abnormal way. The first week makes it look like the latter. We don’t really know how to fight an authoritarian oaf, but we’re going to have to figure it out.” McKibben recommends getting involved with organizations fighting the good fight, including the organization he helped found, 350.org . “Find a local group connected to the big national and global fight: 350.org, Sierra Club , or your local environmental justice group,” he said. “That way you can work at every level, from projects nearby to big international fights. If DC is closed to us, we need to open new fronts.” McKibben imagines pipeline fights under Trump, for example, will still require a similar mix of mobilization and litigation as they did under President Obama. But he emphasizes there’s strength in numbers in the dawning resistance. “In the end, if there’s a big enough movement in enough places it’s harder for them to do their dirty work. Their currency is currency. Ours is passion, spirit, creativity – and bodies!” He also said it’s important to stand up for other issues too. “I’d make sure you’re also working with other causes and groups – immigrants facing deportation, for instance,” he said. “Solidarity has never been more important.” + Bill McKibben + 350.org Images via Lorie Shaull on Flickr ( 1 , 2 ), Mark Klotz on Flickr , Takver on Flickr , Fabrice Florin on Flickr , and Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Leonardo DiCaprio pledges abstinence until the world quits fossil fuels

April 1, 2016 by  
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Fans of Leonardo DiCaprio may be sad to learn he has pledged abstinence until we end our collective addiction to fossil fuels . Widely celebrated for his environmental activism, the Oscar-winning actor cited widespread apathy despite unprecedented concentrations of atmospheric carbon emissions as the reason behind this drastic move. He said, “by abstaining from sexual intercourse, which – don’t get me wrong – is something I enjoy very much, I am sending the message that sometimes we have to make enormous personal sacrifices for the sake of the greater good.” Read the rest of Leonardo DiCaprio pledges abstinence until the world quits fossil fuels

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Demolition company tears down wrong home after Google Maps error

April 1, 2016 by  
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After a tornado damaged their duplex, owners Lindsay Diaz and Alan Cutter were starting to rebuild until a demolition company destroyed their Rowlett, Texas home on accident. The company said Google Maps directed them to the wrong address; they were supposed to tear down a home just one block away. Read the rest of Demolition company tears down wrong home after Google Maps error

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Beautiful Våler church in Norway pays homage to a 19th century church that burned down

April 1, 2016 by  
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Second environmental activist murdered in Honduras; government detains surviving, injured activist

March 28, 2016 by  
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Environmental activists in Honduras continue to be threatened and murdered following the assassination  of environmental activist Berta Cáceres  earlier this month. Gustavo Castro, an activist staying at Cáceres home, witnessed her murder and was shot twice during the attack. Now, he is being detained by Honduran authorities. Nelson García, a fellow member of the organization COPINH , was killed 13 days after Cáceres’ death. Read the rest of Second environmental activist murdered in Honduras; government detains surviving, injured activist

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Supersonic jet will travel from New York to London in 3 hours at half the price of the Concorde

March 28, 2016 by  
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What if you could travel from New York to London in just over three hours? Colorado startup company Boom is designing a supersonic jet to make that vision a reality, and Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has optioned 10 planes and will help test them. Read the rest of Supersonic jet will travel from New York to London in 3 hours at half the price of the Concorde

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Federal judge approves Christo’s massive “Over the River” project

January 8, 2015 by  
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Environmental activists team up to battle a famous environmental artist—not your everyday face-off. Unless, that is, the artist is Christo . A recent federal district court case pitted his proposed “ Over the River ” project against the activist group ROAR (Rags Over the Arkansas River ). The $50 million installation would temporarily suspend 5.9 miles of translucent silver fabric panels along a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River in south-central Colorado, much of which is federally-protected habitat for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles. Read the rest of Federal judge approves Christo’s massive “Over the River” project Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , bighorn sheep , christo , conservation , eco design , eco-art , ecological damage , environmental activists , environmental art , green art , ROAR , wildlife protection

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Thousands hit the streets of Lima to protest climate change during UN conference

December 11, 2014 by  
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In a massive show of solidarity towards solutions for climate change, thousands of people from all walks of life paraded through the streets of Lima , Peru on Wednesday, as world leaders talk at United Nations Lima Climate Change Conference . The Guardian reports that while the conference is taking place behind closed doors, the people marching in the streets added a human face to the struggle for climate justice. They also represented a broad cross-section of humanity, including indigenous peoples from all over South America, trade unionists, students and women’s groups. Read the rest of Thousands hit the streets of Lima to protest climate change during UN conference Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: activist , change , climate , conference , lima , march , nations , peru , protest , streets , summit , united

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The Activist Employee: Why Business Must Learn to Listen

January 25, 2012 by  
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Did the many thousands of Occupy protesters who took to the streets last year to protest corporate malfeasance think to turn the finger to their own employers first? What happens if and when they do?

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Canadian Activist Arrested at White House Protest Tells Her Story

August 24, 2011 by  
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Patricia Warwick, in red, being handcuffed. Images credit Tar Sands Action Canadian activist Patricia Warwick fights climate change at Climate Action Now and went to Washington for the Keystone XL protest. She tells TreeHugger about her experience in this TreeHugger exclusive. Back in June, when I heard about the protest being planned for Washington D.C. to convince President Obama not to approve the construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, I jumped at the chance to take a stan… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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