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Rights for Lake Erie? Why Corporate Rights and Preemption Must Go

by Sean Butler and Will Falk / Featured image: an aerial photograph showing harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie in August of 2017. These are believed to be caused by the effluent runoff from factory farms in the watershed. Public domain photo by NOAA. Rights of nature advocates often repeat the words, “The structure of … Continue reading Rights for Lake Erie? Why Corporate Rights and Preemption Must Go

Civilization on the March

A series of headlines from around the world, compiled by Max Wilbert and Mark Behrend. Featured image by Max Wilbert. 2019 Was the 2nd Hottest Year on Record Global average temperature reached the 2nd highest annual level ever recorded, according to preliminary data for 2019. While the data is not yet finalized, it’s almost certain … Continue reading Civilization on the March

Colorado’s Front Range is Under Fracking Siege

. Unless you live in a cave (lucky you!), you’ve probably heard about the recent explosion in efforts to drill for the natural gas that lies deep beneath our feet. The entire oil & gas industry seems to be descending upon Colorado, exploring and drilling thousands of new wells. A number of reasons have been … Continue reading Colorado’s Front Range is Under Fracking Siege

Questioning Unquestioned Beliefs: What the Lake Erie Bill of Rights Teaches Us

By Will Falk and Sean Butler Photo: 2009 algae bloom in western Lake Erie. Photo by Tom Archer. It should be clear to anyone following the events surrounding attempts by the citizens of Toledo, OH, with help from nonprofit law firm the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), to protect Lake Erie with the Lake … Continue reading Questioning Unquestioned Beliefs: What the Lake Erie Bill of Rights Teaches Us

To Save The Planet, Apply Poison

True change can only be driven by revolutionary action and long-term radical organizing — not chemical collusion and compromise. By Max Wilbert / Earth Island Journal   Last year, I volunteered to plant native species at the Spencer Creek-Coyote Creek wetlands southwest of Eugene, Oregon. This site, owned by the McKenzie River Trust (MRT), is … Continue reading To Save The Planet, Apply Poison

Wasting time on bandaids in an insane system

A recent article in the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound describes legislation to make shipping fossil fuels through the Salish Sea safer. It’s all about tug boats and the speed of ships and modeling risk. At no point in the discussion–either in the article, or in the legislature–is there any mention of whether it is sane or just … Continue reading Wasting time on bandaids in an insane system

Car Culture Kills Salmon (Hybrids and Electric Cars Too)

From The Washington Post: A recent study traced a major coho salmon die-off to contaminants from roads and automobiles — brake dust, oil, fuel, chemical fluids — that hitch a ride on storm water and flow into watersheds. The contaminants are so deadly, they kill the salmon within 24 hours. “Our findings are . . . … Continue reading Car Culture Kills Salmon (Hybrids and Electric Cars Too)

Book Excerpt: Civilization and Other Hazards

Editor’s note: The following is from the chapter “Civilization and Other Hazards” of the book Deep Green Resistance: A Strategy to Save the Planet. This book is now available for free online.      by Aric McBay Cheap oil undergirds every aspect of industrial society. Without oil, industrial farms couldn’t grow food, consumer goods couldn’t be transported … Continue reading Book Excerpt: Civilization and Other Hazards