Earth First! in U.S. initiates EF! Climate Caucus

The Earth First! Climate Caucus
A New Birth in the
No Compromise Movement
BY EARTH FIRST! CLIMATE CAUCUS

This year's Earth First! Organizers' Conference gave birth to an exciting new network within the radical environmental movement. In response to the serious lack of a radical approach to fighting climate change in the US, a number of folks put their heads together to form the EF! Climate Caucus (don't worry, we're working on a better name) with the aim of launching a full-frontal assault on the fossil fuel industry and other climate criminals.

We have some serious catching up to do. As a matter of survival, we must bring climate change to the front and center of the nation's attention. We cannot do this by watering down our message; rather, we need an uncompromising, radical approach to kicking our culture's fossil fuel addiction.

We must expose and reject business-friendly, drop-in-the-bucket “solutions” (such as the Kyoto Protocol and carbon trading) and bullshit “green” alternatives that will only further devastate the earth (such as massive biofuel plantations, hydrogen plants, coal gasification and nuclear power). Instead we must present a vision of zero emissions and no new extraction of fossil fuels, and we need to work toward locally based, bioregionally appropriate solutions that promote community autonomy and sustainable living.

We recognize that we won't stop global warming; climate-related catastrophes are an inevitable part of our future. With that in mind, a major goal of the Climate Caucus is to show the public who is to blame for climate chaos. When the next Katrina hits, ExxonMobil needs to be held accountable. When polar bears go extinct as a result of melting sea ice, Department of Energy offices should be shut down. To this end, we aim to build strong links with those who are already being affected by climate change, such as native communities in the Arctic and people living on the Gulf Coast. We will ally ourselves with environmental justice groups fighting pollution from refineries, power plants and coal-processing facilities.

Fighting new fossil fuel infrastructure must be a top priority of the radical environmental movement. Whether it’s pipelines, refineries or coal-fired power plants (there are currently 94 such plants proposed in the U.S. alone), stopping these infrastructure projects is a direct way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions while supporting environmental justice struggles.

Lending direct support to communities resisting fossil fuel extraction is another area where we can have a significant impact. By fighting extraction, we not only preserve the local ecosystem but also ensure that those fossil fuels will never be burnt. We must popularize the idea that coal, oil and gas should stay underground where they belong.

We also have our sights set on the financial backers of the fossil fuel industry. By making investments in fossil fuels a risky business, companies causing climate chaos will have a hard time continuing to expand production.

The Climate Caucus is putting out a call for an international day of action against climate change to coincide with this Summer's Group of Eight (G8) meetings in Russia. "Energy security” is a major theme of this year's summit, making it easy to organize actions in your community that can tie local issues into the G8's plans for perpetuating climate chaos.

We are building up a large collection of outreach materials and agit-prop that can be used by groups around the country to organize locally. A nationwide EF! Climate Roadshow is being planned for Spring 2007 to help build momentum for this fight. This roadshow will lead up to an EF! Climate Action Camp later that Summer involving a wide range of direct action trainings and workshops, then culminating with a major action.

It is urgent that climate change be understood as the crisis that it is and that we start to build sustainable and autonomous communities now. Changes will be made by people, not institutions; we must put forth locally based solutions and articulate our visions for just and sustainable living. For this campaign to succeed, local communities need to take initiative and make this global struggle relevant to their towns and bioregions. We need to start thinking strategically about how to spark a nationwide uprising against the fossil fuel industry that not only disrupts business as usual, but inspires widespread resistance.

We hope to see you at the next EF! Climate Caucus meeting during the EF! Summer Rendezvous in Katuah.
For more information contact: EF! Climate-Caucus, efclimatecaucus@wildmail.com

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Rate of climate change will have severe results

The concerns many scientists have about global warming and climate change is the rate of change being influenced by human activity. Exceptionally fast changes to the atmosphere from either meteors or volcanic activity resulted in ice ages and mass extinction of flora/fauna. If this event is something that we can prevent by changing our lifestyle, then why not give the Earth a few more centuries before the next climactic upheaval not of our own doing?

The above comment by Peter Anderson rings familiar of many global warming skeptics found throughout corporate media. Ecologically aware people who demand reductions of fossil fuel emissions are either loony moonbats or pro-unranium enrichment. Neither of these accusations are valid. Other rationalizations by global warming skeptics usually remind everyone that Earth's climate wasn't exactly the same over the past 4 billion years since an atmosphere existed. There were times of hot swampy wetlands with reptilian dinosaurs followed by icy snowpacked glaciers with wooly mammoths and mastadons. You won't get much of an arguement about documented climate change over time from most ecologists, though the cause for these climate shifts was never human influenced. Meteors and volcanic activity seems to come and go and cannot be controlled very well. Releasing underground deposits of carbon by combustion into the atmosphere is certainly something under human's control. Since humans are capable of thinking and judging the ethics of our actions, we can say in fairness to other living beings on the Earth and less fortunate humans that severe changes in our climate is not desireable to others and ourselves..

Nor does this author agree with Peter's statement that solar and wind energy are being implemented to their full potential. Though these two forms of electricity are no panacea, if communities had access to solar cells and windmills (including vertical) there would be a net contribution to the electricity grid from these sources. We're also talking about rooftop versions of solar and wind combined with energy reduction by corporations. By far the biggest consumers of electricity are corporations, not individual households..

Uranium enrichment is obviously the worst option currently pursued by the nutcases in the bush regime and their supposed nemesis in Iran. Needless to say the method of nuclear waste disposal in the form of depleted uranium shells and tank armor leaves alot to be desired. Cancer and birth defects are the price people pay from the DU nuclear holocaust in Iraq..

What global warming skeptics like Peter seem to purposefully ignore is that as a society we can all collectively agree to use less petroleum in our daily lives. It may be a challenge to ride our bicycle to the organic food store (if one exists), take the bus/train to work and attempt to walk instead of drive to our friend's house, yet many people are doing just this. If our democratically elected (hahahaha) leaders would respond by improving public transit, bicycle lanes, etc.. and reducing suburban sprawl maybe it would be easier for everyone to reduce consumption of petroleum. However, the current leadership seems preoccupied with petroleum exec's profit margins, thus the US military occupation of Iraq..

What it comes down to Peter is that we don't want to be forced to tell the future generations that we could have prevented the extinction of mammals like the polar bear if only we had all reduced our consumption of petroleum instead of listening to cynics like Peter. Nor do we wish to see any more climate influenced tragedies like the severe flooding of Hurricane Katrina. If everyone changes their petroleum habits even just a little, it could be enough to make a difference. Either way Earth First!ers will continue to counter the effects of petroleum corporate propaganda with our own propaganda based on science suppressed by the establishment..

The peak oil debate is also being manipulated by petroleum corporations for their financial gain. That factor doesn't discount that peak oil is in fact looming on the horizon, yet it doesn't justify the excessive gas prices and profits of petroleum corporations. Those individuals that choose to pay for gas in their SUVs and other inefficient vehicles tend to be from upper income brackets and view this habit as a luxury. The higher gas prices may cause them to exhibit some griping and moaning, though the people truly effected are the working poor who usually drive economy cars, not gas guzzling SUVs. In the situation of lower income people being ripped off by petroleum corporations we would support the worker friendly distribution policies of Hugo Chavez and Citgo, Venezuala's nationalized petroleum corporation. It follows that lower income people probably wouldn't be as likely to waste gas in their daily activites..

Earth First!ers seek to balance human rights and dignity with ecological sustainability, this isn't always an easy balance. Nobody wants to be told not to drive their luxury SUV around town to show off, yet we need to balance the needs of less fortunate humans and the voiceless non-human ecosystem with the priviledge of driving a gas guzzling SUV. Studies have shown that removal of all SUVs and replacement with hybrids and or fuel cell vehicles would greatly reduce the CO2/NOx/CO smog impacts on the ecosystem, yet we desire this change to be of free will and from an educated choice, not by force. We realize that our greatest opponents are not the consumers themselves but instead the auto and petroleum corporation that use slick advertising campaigns to encourage consumers to purchase gas guzzling SUVs as an image ego booster. We realize that individuals who drive SUVs may feel inadequate in certain ways so therefore more easily influenced by advertisements..

We also take into consideration the statements by indigenous peoples who believe that underground deposits of coal, oil, gas etc.. are functional in their location and should be undisturbed by humans. The comparison is made that coal is the liver of Mother Earth and we should not be extracting our mother's liver unless we want to see her dead. In reality many predictions made by indigenous peoples have come to pass and that in itself is reason for me to listen to their words. Science is never a complete study and lack of understanding to the geological purpose of underground deposits does not mean that no such purpose exists. Maybe waiting for the underground deposits to come to the surface on their own is too much time for our tight schedules, though that is my preffered method of extraction. Take it slow, amigo!!

Everyone speaks for themselves and these are just the ideas of one somewhat moderate Earth First!er about climate change, social justice and alternatives to petroleum corporation's dominance..

Rate of climate change will have severe results

The concerns many scientists have about global warming and climate change is the rate of change being influenced by human activity. Exceptionally fast changes to the atmosphere from either meteors or volcanic activity resulted in ice ages and mass extinction of flora/fauna. If this event is something that we can prevent by changing our lifestyle, then why not give the Earth a few more centuries before the next climactic upheaval not of our own doing?

The above comment by Peter Anderson rings familiar of many global warming skeptics found throughout corporate media. Ecologically aware people who demand reductions of fossil fuel emissions are either loony moonbats or pro-unranium enrichment. Neither of these accusations are valid. Other rationalizations by global warming skeptics usually remind everyone that Earth's climate wasn't exactly the same over the past 4 billion years since an atmosphere existed. There were times of hot swampy wetlands with reptilian dinosaurs followed by icy snowpacked glaciers with wooly mammoths and mastadons. You won't get much of an arguement about documented climate change over time from most ecologists, though the cause for these climate shifts was never human influenced. Meteors and volcanic activity seems to come and go and cannot be controlled very well. Releasing underground deposits of carbon by combustion into the atmosphere is certainly something under human's control. Since humans are capable of thinking and judging the ethics of our actions, we can say in fairness to other living beings on the Earth and less fortunate humans that severe changes in our climate is not desireable to others and ourselves..

Nor does this author agree with Peter's statement that solar and wind energy are being implemented to their full potential. Though these two forms of electricity are no panacea, if communities had access to solar cells and windmills (including vertical) there would be a net contribution to the electricity grid from these sources. We're also talking about rooftop versions of solar and wind combined with energy reduction by corporations. By far the biggest consumers of electricity are corporations, not individual households..

Uranium enrichment is obviously the worst option currently pursued by the nutcases in the bush regime and their supposed nemesis in Iran. Needless to say the method of nuclear waste disposal in the form of depleted uranium shells and tank armor leaves alot to be desired. Cancer and birth defects are the price people pay from the DU nuclear holocaust in Iraq..

What global warming skeptics like Peter seem to purposefully ignore is that as a society we can all collectively agree to use less petroleum in our daily lives. It may be a challenge to ride our bicycle to the organic food store (if one exists), take the bus/train to work and attempt to walk instead of drive to our friend's house, yet many people are doing just this. If our democratically elected (hahahaha) leaders would respond by improving public transit, bicycle lanes, etc.. and reducing suburban sprawl maybe it would be easier for everyone to reduce consumption of petroleum. However, the current leadership seems preoccupied with petroleum exec's profit margins, thus the US military occupation of Iraq..

What it comes down to Peter is that we don't want to be forced to tell the future generations that we could have prevented the extinction of mammals like the polar bear if only we had all reduced our consumption of petroleum instead of listening to cynics like Peter. Nor do we wish to see any more climate influenced tragedies like the severe flooding of Hurricane Katrina. If everyone changes their petroleum habits even just a little, it could be enough to make a difference. Either way Earth First!ers will continue to counter the effects of petroleum corporate propaganda with our own propaganda based on science suppressed by the establishment..

The peak oil debate is also being manipulated by petroleum corporations for their financial gain. That factor doesn't discount that peak oil is in fact looming on the horizon, yet it doesn't justify the excessive gas prices and profits of petroleum corporations. Those individuals that choose to pay for gas in their SUVs and other inefficient vehicles tend to be from upper income brackets and view this habit as a luxury. The higher gas prices may cause them to exhibit some griping and moaning, though the people truly effected are the working poor who usually drive economy cars, not gas guzzling SUVs. In the situation of lower income people being ripped off by petroleum corporations we would support the worker friendly distribution policies of Hugo Chavez and Citgo, Venezuala's nationalized petroleum corporation. It follows that lower income people probably wouldn't be as likely to waste gas in their daily activites..

Earth First!ers seek to balance human rights and dignity with ecological sustainability, this isn't always an easy balance. Nobody wants to be told not to drive their luxury SUV around town to show off, yet we need to balance the needs of less fortunate humans and the voiceless non-human ecosystem with the priviledge of driving a gas guzzling SUV. Studies have shown that removal of all SUVs and replacement with hybrids and or fuel cell vehicles would greatly reduce the CO2/NOx/CO smog impacts on the ecosystem, yet we desire this change to be of free will and from an educated choice, not by force. We realize that our greatest opponents are not the consumers themselves but instead the auto and petroleum corporation that use slick advertising campaigns to encourage consumers to purchase gas guzzling SUVs as an image ego booster. We realize that individuals who drive SUVs may feel inadequate in certain ways so therefore more easily influenced by advertisements..

We also take into consideration the statements by indigenous peoples who believe that underground deposits of coal, oil, gas etc.. are functional in their location and should be undisturbed by humans. The comparison is made that coal is the liver of Mother Earth and we should not be extracting our mother's liver unless we want to see her dead. In reality many predictions made by indigenous peoples have come to pass and that in itself is reason for me to listen to their words. Science is never a complete study and lack of understanding to the geological purpose of underground deposits does not mean that no such purpose exists. Maybe waiting for the underground deposits to come to the surface on their own is too much time for our tight schedules, though that is my preffered method of extraction. Take it slow, amigo!!

Everyone speaks for themselves and these are just the ideas of one somewhat moderate Earth First!er about climate change, social justice and alternatives to petroleum corporation's dominance..

EF!CC July 15 Call to Action

A call to action from Rising Tide North America and Earth First! Climate Caucus

July 15th 2006 -- Direct Action for Climate Justice

International Day of Direct Action
a gainst Climate Change and the G8
Rise Up Against G8 Policies
Target Fossil Fuel Industries in Your Town or Bioregion

On July 15th, the "Group of 8" (G8) richest industrialized countries will gather in St. Petersburg, Russia to plot their continued commodification and domination of the planet, this time under the euphemistic banner of "Energy Security." A leaked G8 "Communique on Energy Security" calls for trillions of dollars in new investments in oil, gas and coal production worldwide, plus wide-scale global expansion of nuclear energy. With runaway climate change* looming just over the horizon, such neoliberal business-as-usual poses a direct threat to the continuation of life on Earth as we know it.

Resistance is self defense. The G8 agenda promotes petroleum-dependent "Energy Security" that pollutes our land and atmosphere, exploits poor and indigenous communities, and scorches the Earth's climate. Their recipe for catastrophe must be met with our global resistance!

July 15th will be an International Day of Action Against Climate Change. As G8 energy ministers promise trillions in new subsidies to the industries destroying our planet and our future, we will take action to shut them down! This is a call for autonomous, decentralized actions appropriate for your town, city, or bioregion. Use this international day of action to support local struggles against oil refineries, gas pipelines, strip mines and coal-fired power plants. Disrupt the financial backers of the fossil fuel industry. Host teach-ins to spread sustainable post-petroleum living skills. Find a weak point in the infrastructure of resource exploitation and throw a literal or symbolic wrench in the works. Visit your local polluters and give 'em hell!

The July 15th International Day of Action Against Climate Change is being mobilized by Rising Tide North America, a new network initiated in the US by the Earth First! Climate Caucus, with inspiration and support from the UK's vibrant Rising Tide direct action movement for climate justice and against climate change. Rising Tide North America is actively mobilizing July 15th actions in local bioregions, as well as reaching out to environmental justice, climate action and radical sustainability movements in all the G8 countries plus the Global South.

Rising Tide North America is building a large collection of outreach and agit-prop materials that can be used by groups around the continent (and the world) to organize locally. These materials will be downloadable from www.reclaimthecommons.net and from the website of Rising Tide North America (comin' soon).

Join the Rising Tide North America network! Endorse the July 15th International Day of Direct Action against Climate Change and the G8! Tell us about July 15th actions for climate justice being planned in your community or bioregion! Contact us at efclimatecaucus@wildmail.com.

Get more information and updates about July 15th international actions against climate change, plus news and links about additional global resistance against the 2006 G8 Summit from July 14th to 17th! Go to www.reclaimthecommons.net.

Learn more about the global Rising Tide movement! Visit www.risingtide.org.uk and read "Rising Tide Takes the Helm: Mapping Strategies for Climate Justice" in May-June 2006 Earth First! Journal: http://reclaimthecommons.net/article.php?id=316

*19 of the 20 hottest years on record have occurred since 1980. Islands in the South Pacific are already evacuating due to rising sea levels. Storms and hurricanes are growing more severe. Polar bears are drowning as their icy habitat breaks apart and drifts out to sea. Greenland and Antarctica are melting. Everyday we spew more greenhouse gases burned from fossil fuels into the atmosphere; everyday we are one step closer to what scientists refer to as "the tipping point," on the verge of catastrophic and irreversible climate chaos.

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good to know there is the beginning of change in the mindset of the american public.
the fossil fuel interest are using glifosate sprays in the amazon basin to force indigenous people out of their ancestral lands,so the oil companies can move in unopposed and drill the life out of the land.
help to stop glifosate spraying,that poisons water,land crops and the indigenous people,if they do not have access to new fields the use of fossil fuels will be reduced.