Newsletter: Our Responsibility After Trump's Climate Withdrawal

White House climate protest Kids for a Clean Planet. June 1, 2017 by John Zangas

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers for Popular Resistance. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement follows the path of previous presidents who have undermined international climate agreements. We disagree with Trump but it is important to understand his actions in the context of the history of the United States regarding previous climate agreements. Once again, the political problems in the US are bigger than Trump. His action brings greater clarity to the inability of the US government to confront the climate crisis and clarifies the tasks of people seeking smart climate policy.

World Reacts To Trump's Intent To Withdraw From Climate Treaty


By Kevin Zeese for Popular Resistance. Washington, DC – President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement today, June 1. This prompted a strong response from people across the United States and around the world. Trump’s views on the climate crisis are in the minority. US News & World Report wrote that there is broad public support for the Paris Agreement – even among Trump voters. By more than 5 to 1, voters say the U.S. should participate in the Paris climate agreement. A nationally representative survey conducted last November after the election found that seven in 10 registered voters say the U.S. should participate in the Paris climate agreement. Only 13 percent say the U.S. should not. Trump is in a tiny minority and does not represent the people of the United States.

The Twelve Days (And Months) Of Climate Justice Day Two

Native Americans march to a sacred burial ground site that was disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

By Winona LaDuke and John Foran for Resilience – It’s 2016 and the weight of American corporate interests has come to the Missouri River, the Mother River. This time, instead of the Seventh Cavalry or the Indian police dispatched to assassinate Sitting Bull, it is Enbridge and Dakota Access Pipeline. In mid-August, Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II was arrested by state police, along with 27 others, for opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. In the meantime, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple called for more police support. Every major pipeline project in North America must cross indigenous lands, Indian Country. That is a problem.

Newsletter - Time To Ask Who We Are

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By Margaret Flower and Kevin Zeese for Popular Resistance. The United States has reached a turning point. Where we turn is dependent on what we do as people to determine our future. Neither of the major political parties are going to adequately solve the crises we face. This is a time to examine and discuss some fundamental issues: who we are and who we want to be. Out of crises come opportunities to put bold solutions in place. We are calling for a People’s Agenda. We have the power to make changes in this country that completely alter the course of our nation and the world. We can say no to genocide against Native Americans. We can end systemic racism. We can demand respect for the human rights of all people. We can promote peace and prosperity for all. We can solve the climate crisis. It is up to us and how we organize in our communities. At the heart of the success of popular movements is what we have advocated – the building of a broad and diverse unified movement that is active and has built national consensus for the changes we wish to see.

Why There’s Hope For The Climate Movement Under Trump

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By Nick Engelfried for Waging Nonviolence. If there is any silver lining from the Trump victory, it would seem to be the evidence that vast numbers of people are hungry for a radical shift in politics. But Trump wants to take us in the opposite direction of progress on climate change. During his campaign, he pledged to scrap the Paris climate deal and the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. He promised to re-start approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and resurrect a dying coal industry. And his suite of potential cabinet nominees include climate science deniers and oil drilling proponents. To many activists, the coming Trump presidency calls to mind the darkest days of the George W. Bush administration, when fossil fuel industries were basically invited to write national policy. But much has changed in the U.S. climate movement since the days of Bush. The last six years have seen the birth of climate campaigns that are bigger, bolder and more direct-action oriented than any environmental movement in decades.

Pope Calls Taking Action On Climate Justice A Sacred Duty

"The world's poor, though least responsible for climate change, are most vulnerable and already suffering its impact," Pope Francis said. (Andrew Medichini/AP)

By Nika Knight for Common Dreams – Humans are turning the planet into a ‘polluted wasteland full of debris, desolation, and filth,’ says Pope Francis. Pope Francis on Thursday put forth an urgent call for people to actively work to save the environment, proposing that the Catholic Church add such a duty to the list of “seven mercies,” which includes feeding the hungry and visiting the sick, which Catholics are required to perform.

Power Of Indigenous Activists At Summit Of Climate Justice Movement

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By Betsy Taylor for The Huffington Post – I just witnessed one of the most moving and tragic tales of this country and its people I have ever encountered. A caravan of Indigenous people traveled more than 3,000 miles to come to a climate summit in Philadelphia and BEG for help. There was a grandma in her 90s, children and grandchildren. They were about 30 all told from many nations. Each one had stories to tell of how the white corporate structure and all the white consumers who support that structure has effected and affected them personally.

Don’t Let Dirty Energy Senators Divide The Climate Justice Movement

Beyond Extrene Energy protests at FERC Chair, Norman Beys home, in Dupont Circle, Wasington, DC.

By Kevin Zeese for Popular Resistance – Holding decision makers personally accountable for their actions is not an extreme tactic. It has been used by many movements and is often very effective. When people in their community know that a resident is responsible for destroying communities, communicide, in order to push more dirty energy infrastructure they understand more clearly the impacts of their actions. Science is saying we need to stop building carbon and methane energy infrastructure or climate change will get worse and adversely impact all of our lives.

Newsletter: People Power Essential To Saving Planet

"Along with all of the surrounding Rocky Mountain West, Coloradans are actively fighting the fossil fuel industry on all fronts." (Photo: @MattOakland/Twitter)

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers for Popular Resistance. The climate crisis leads to the inevitable conclusion that our job is to turn the climate crisis into a political crisis that forces the corruption of the oil and gas industry into the open and shames governments for their failure to act on an urgent situation that threatens life on the planet as we know it. The failure of the political and economic systems to respond as quickly and strongly as needed puts the responsibility on people to resist oil and gas exploration, carbon infrastructure and continued reliance on dirty energy that is destroying the planet. The reality we face justifies resistance and disobedience to do all we can to slow or stop the use of carbon energy, heighten debate on the reality of the climate crisis and bring climate justice to the forefront of political thought.

Rubber Stamp Rebellion Targets FERC & The Corporations It Serves

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By Beyond Extreme Energy for Popular Resistance. Starting Monday, May 16, Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) will spend the week carrying out creative, non-violent actions throughout the Washington, D.C., area. We’ll be targeting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the fossil fuel industry whose projects that rogue agency approves. We’ll be at the headquarters of FERC, 888 First St. NE, Washington, D.C., where the agency rubber stamps approvals for interstate fracked gas pipelines, export terminals and other infrastructure that is destroying local communities and super-charging the climate crisis. We’ll be visiting the four FERC commissioners at their homes to hold them accountable for their decisions and we will be acting in concert with frontline communities.

Break Free From Fossil Fuels Worldwide Momentum

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By Break Free for Popular Resistance, Over the last week, a global wave of actions to keep fossil fuels in the ground has been gathering momentum all over the world. Words alone are not enough to describe how powerful this moment of action is. If you’ve missed any of it, here’s what’s happened so far in just the first 6 days of Break Free. . . Over the last week, a global wave of actions to keep fossil fuels in the ground has been gathering momentum all over the world. Words alone are not enough to describe how powerful this moment of action is. If you’ve missed any of it, here’s what’s happened so far in just the first 6 days of Break Free. The next few days will be incredible too — not least because together these actions set the stage for the just transition to 100% renewable energy that this overheating planet needs.

Newsletter: Living In A Post-2011 World

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By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers. The 2016 election has deepened the understanding of how out of step the establishment political parties are with the people of the United States. The parties have reinforced the rationale for the Occupy uprising, and the uprisings on racism, inequality, poverty wages, mistreatment of students and more that have occurred since 2011; and they have increased national consensus on the dysfunction and corruption of government, the unfairness and inequity of the economy and the lack of concern for the environment and climate change.Don’t Represent US In order to understand the election’s relationship to the movement for economic, racial and environmental justice, we need to understand that the roots of this election come from the uprising of 2011. As Paolo Gerbaudo wrote in ROAR Magazine: “The 2011 protest wave will forever be associated with the slogan ‘they don’t represent us’ — a clear indictment of the present form of representative politics and the existing political class.”

Break Free: Largest Civil Disobedience In Environmental Movement History

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By Break Free for Popular Resistance: Break Free is an unprecedented global mobilisation from May 4-15, 2016 – a movement and a global call for action – to leave fossil fuels in the ground. A global wave of peaceful direct actions will take place across six continents targeting the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects, in order to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground. The aim is to demonstrate the global resolve to break free from the shackles of polluting fuels to build a new kind of economy that works for people and the planet, and accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy. People worldwide are providing the much needed leadership by intensifying actions through peaceful civil disobedience on a global scale as so much remains to be done in order to lessen the effects of the climate crisis. This includes demanding governments move past the commitments made as part of the Paris agreement signed last month.

Victory In Landmark Climate Case Recognizes Public Trust In Resources

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By Our Children’s Trust. On April 8, 2016, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin of the federal District Court in Eugene, OR, decided in favor of 21 young Plaintiffs, and Dr. James Hansen on behalf of future generations, in their landmark constitutional climate change case brought against the federal government and the fossil fuel industry. The Court’s ruling is a major victory for the 21 youth Plaintiffs, ages 8-19, from across the U.S. in what Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein call the “most important lawsuit on the planet right now.” These plaintiffs sued the federal government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property, and their right to essential public trust resources, by permitting, encouraging, and otherwise enabling continued exploitation, production, and combustion of fossil fuels.

Katrina, Climate Justice And Fish Dinners: Social Justice Lawyer Colette Pichon Battle

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By Bill Quigley for Black Agenda Report – A young corporate lawyer returned to Louisiana to immerse herself in the post-Katrina struggles of her people. “People were being asked, in the middle of trauma, to sign away rights and legal documents on property and your land that are going to have ramifications for generations.” In New Orleans, Atty. Battle learned that “rebuilding since the storm favors privileged private…