As more people see that the government represents Wall Streetspace“> and concentrated wealth, instead of them; that the government continues to give thespace c3″> banksters who crashed the economyspace“> a break while cutting access to basic necessities, that the government continues to put big energy profits ahead of protecting the planet –space“> more people are becoming fearless.
Last week, front-line environmental groups including climate justice activists, opponents of tar sands, mountaintop renewal and many others who oppose the extraction economy that poisons our land, water and air while risking climate change, announced “Fearless Summer.” They announced a week of actions from June 24 to 29 to begin “an epic summer of actions.” The rising tide of courage in the environmental justice movement is one we also see growing in many communities on many issues.
When people stand up against the destructive extraction industries of big energy interests, we gain community support and sometimes we win. This week in New York communities got a lot of power when aspace“> court upheld their right to ban fracking.space“> This happened because people stood up for their communities.
Another group that has awakened in the last year has been members of the first nations. Ever since the Idle No More campaign began last December, native Indians have been standing up across the continent. One issue thatspace“> Indians are focused on is the extraction economy and the KXL pipeline in particularspace c3″> which will cross hundreds of indigenous sacred spiritual sites and burial grounds, as well as two major sources of drinking water, the Ogallala aquifer and the Mni Wiconi water line for the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations.
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