Earth first! newswire of the radical environmental movement – part 953 gas prices going up 2016


of the Forest Service office on Zillicoa St. in Asheville to protest the commercial logging of national forests and their continued plan to cut the Globe Forest in Blowing Rock, NC. One member u-locked his neck to the office front door. As negotiations continue on this timber sale to remove an old-growth stand from the project, Earth First! wishes to call attention to the continued exploitation of our disappearing forests by timber companies. Recent studies show the United States now leads all developed countries in deforesting its land the fastest, and this trend is most prevalent in the Southeast.

The Globe Forest provides important habitat and nesting sites for woodpeckers and migratory songbirds whose numbers are declining due to forest fragmentation. The Forest Service continues to cut stands of trees that are directly connected to old-growth forest communities, causing destructive edge effects, and they have refused to provide a buffer because it is not required in their “Forest Plan.” Treating and cutting these stands will cause erosion, soil destruction, and will pollute the nearby streams with herbicides. Until all of Thunderhole Creek is protected, Earth First! will campaign to stop the cut.

“Any cuts within the Globe will affect vital old-growth ecosystems and our stance is to end all commercial logging of our national forests,” says Joseph Ferguson, a Croatan Earth First! activist. “Historically the Forest Service has catered to timber companies, but we believe the public does not support logging in our National Forests.”

Bhopalis are dissatisfied on the whole with the settlement last month, which brings about $500 to the families of affected victims—the settlement came over a decade after a Dow Chemical-owned chemical plant exploded, killing thousands immediately and leaving thousands more with long-term illness. Many of the tens of thousands of victims are unacknowledged and will receive absolutely no money whatsoever.

In the aftermath of the G20 protests, some are drawing comparisons to Chicago ’68. Before all was said and done, the entire city had become militarized as the state oppressed dissenting citizens through brutal means and violently suppressed the media. Unlike Chicago, however, the protesters are demanding significant change that outstretch the Peace Movement of the ’60s. For example, less reliance on fossil fuels, more support for sustainable community, less imperialist foreign policy and myriad forms of economic/ecological restructuring.

Speaking of Canada, the movement to stop the 2010 Olympics in Toronto has been declared a victory or a loss depending on who you talk to, but the next Winter Olympics will be held in perhaps an even more grim environmental situation: Sochi, Russia. Viktor Danilov-Danilyan, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Water Problems, says that the environmental damage done by construction for the 2014 Olympics has been so disastrous that there is no use protesting — the irrevocable destruction has already been done. Over the last decade, the number of environmental inspectors has fallen from 5600 to 300 and illegal deforestation is all but aided by the government. Protests have sent the country into paroxysms this year, and it’s anybody’s guess as to how Sochi will affect the political landscape.

On July 5, 37 activists were arrested outside of Oak Ridge, TN, protesting nuclear weapons. Two days later, anti-war activist and environmentalist Jim Bohen, pioneer of Greenpeace, died at the age of 87. On that same day, Earth First! honored the No Compromise stance towards environmentalism by executing a beautiful action that cut to the heart of local organizing, bio-centrism and direct action in defense of the Earth. Earth First! concluded this year’s Summer Rendezvous in Maine with a dynamic and intense blockading an access road to the latest land destroying development scheme—the clearcutting of Maine’s Sisk Mountain for TransCanada’s wind turbines.

Beginning in the early morning, more than five EF!ers eluded police tails and entered Plum Creek land on Sisk Mountain, the site of TransCanada’s prospective wind farm, with the intention of blockading the access road. Although police assisting the corporations found the activists quickly, the access road was blockaded for the entire morning by a cavalcade of police and, interestingly enough, border patrol. They did our job for us, and nobody was arrested; only warnings were issued to the brave activists who sparked the blockade.

At around noon, police issued an order to disperse, and many EF!ers returned to the Rondy site pleased at the fact that, for that morning, the blades of wind turbines did not pass through the power of the people. At the access road, however, things were just getting started.

Earth First!ers remained to continue protesting, most moving to the opposite side of the highway to get support from passing automobiles. One person, Turtle, was arrested for refusing to move from the access road. Soon, a massive truck emerged from the bend, hauling behind it the blade itself, the awesome length of which resembled a small airplane. As the truck entered the access road, EF!ers made their move, rushing to stop it from entering the site. Meanwhile, Willow, locked herself to the undercarriage of the truck. The trucker hauling the blade began revving the engine, revealing the intention to drive on with an activist locked to his rig. Heroically, Anna jumped on top of the truck and thrust a sign over the windshield, obstructing the truckers’ view. Finally, the police, realizing they had been defeated for the moment, told the trucker to stop his engines.

When all was said and done, the truck had been blocked for hours and three people had been arrested. Their bail was set for $500, and they were released that night. Through the intensity of the day, the gathering stood strong, successful action in tow. Earth First! is showing that the attention to oil and offshore drilling is only the tip of the iceberg. We protested off-shore drilling in Santa Barbara in February, months before the Deep Horizon spill. We need to look forward to a future of resistance to the false solutions of wind power in wild areas, “clean coal” and biomass.

This years’ Rondy action has been called the Green Tea Party, and that might not be far off. With the irrevocable ecological damage done to this planet, a new era must come about. The most recent global protests in favor of environmentalism indicate that more and more people are taking up the slogan, “We won’t stop until they do. Earth First!”

Everyone encouraged to attend one of these “Hands across the Sand” events locally, in face of these oil calamities….a more silent ‘presence’ and way to begin this ‘sea change’ confronting our lives… with our simple power of the collective conscience…and motivating us to reflect and determine what we must do beyond gatherings… to making needed and great changes to save our life.

Worth noting: Dr. Masaru Emoto, the Japanese scientist, researcher who unveiled the characteristics of water with its physical responses to our emotions, tells how people with predominantly angry emotions near water, actually make it dull, while it’s more brilliant, shimmering, more vibrant and obviously ‘alive ‘ in proximity toxpeople expressing good will.

“I send this (prayer) energy of love and gratitude to the waters and all living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings…to the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, planktons, corals, algae … humankind … to ALL. (It’s about this calendar day, set aside for asking forgiveness)

A.P. 6/23… Judge lifts offshore ban on drilling. Says:”It was rash and heavy handed … and (after all) only one spill. ….It will have immeasurable effect upon industry…and the ban refused to take into consideration the safety record of companies.”