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Fight for Ohio’s State Forests – No Logging!

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Shawnee State Forest trail next to logging site. Which is the trail? Where are the logging roads? Why can’t we tell?

Ohio DNR wants to clear-cut and burn it’s way through Ohio’s natural forests. Take action

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Years of Living Dangerously

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Years of Living Dangerously

New Showtime documentary showing the human impacts of climate change. Learn more and what you can do as an individual to #actonclimate

See the first episode here

 

 

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Stop Asian Carp Before It’s Too Late!

Asian Carp Great LakesThe Great Lakes are a national treasure, and economically support a $7 billion fishing industry, $16 billion boating industry, and 1.5 million jobs. The introduction of Asian carp and other species puts the well-being of our communities, wildlife, and waters at risk.

 

Tell the US Army Corps to prevent Asian Carp from destroying our Great Lakes!

By Harvey Wasserman

The most hopeful, diverse, photogenic, energizing and often hilarious march I’ve joined in 52 years of activism—and one of the biggest, at 310,000 strong—has delivered a simple message:  we can and will rid the planet of fossil fuels and nuclear power, we will do it at the grassroots, it will be demanding and difficult to say the least, but it will have its moments of great fun.
With our lives and planet on the line, our species has responded.
Ostensibly, this march was in part meant to influence policy makers.  That just goes with the territory.
But in fact what it showed was an amazingly broad-based, diverse, savvy, imaginative and very often off-beat movement with a deep devotion to persistence and cause, and a great flair for fun.
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For when push comes to shove—and it has—our Solartopian future will be won one victory at a time.
Oh….yes, yes, yes….we will try to influence the policy-makers. The UN, the Obama Administration, the bought and rented Congress, the usual suspects.
But we won’t be begging.  It needs to be the other way around.
Because what must happen most of all is organizing from the grassroots against each and every polluting power plant, unwanted permit, errant funding scheme, stomach-turning bribe, planet-killing frack well, soon-to-melt reactor, and much much more.
Winning this fight for global survival will be done not with one great triumph over corporate hypocrisy and greed.
Instead it’ll require death by a million cuts, with countless small victories won day-to-day at the unseen grassroots.  As the man said, this revolution will not be televised.
Manhattan’s flagship march was joined by sibling demonstrations throughout the world.  By all counts millions of concerned citizens came out to say, loud and clear, that the debate is over:
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Climate chaos is a clear and present danger.
It’s caused by “King CONG”—Coal, Oil, Nukes and Gas.
The corporations who threaten us all must be reorganized and held accountable.  Corporate greed is no way to power an economy.  Corporate personhood is an unsustainable myth.  The corporate profit motive is at war with our survival.
But renewable energy, community-owned and operated, can and will green-power our Earth cleanly and cheaply, bringing jobs, prosperity, ecological balance and, in concert, peace and social justice, without which no green transition is sustainable.
And it will come to us on the wings of focussed local campaigns against each and every polluting project, one at a time, through the grueling, endless hard work of an aroused and focussed citizenry.
The magic of today’s New York minute was its upbeat diversity, sheer brilliance and relentless charm.  A cross between a political rally and a month at Mardi Gras.  There were floats, synchronized dances, outrageous slogans, chants, songs, costumes, marching bands, hugs, parents with their kids, and one very sweaty guy in a gorilla suit.
Above all, there was joy…which means optimism…which means we believe we can win….which is the best indicator we will.
This was a march of the regular citizenry, many come a very long way, at great discomfort and expense, deep into the process of being community organizers, intervenors, plaintiffs, civil disobedients, fundraisers, impromptu speakers, letter writers, and whatever else we might need to us get through this awful corporate disease.
The people I saw, interviewed and rode in on the bus with (from central Ohio; I got the last seat) are working locally while thinking globally.  They are our species’ planetary immune system.
This march said we are now a mature movement with a great sense of mission, diversity and self.
We know what the problem is.
We know who the perpetrators are.
We know what the solutions are, and that they work.
Will it be enough?
Time will tell.  We must, as always, fight like hell.  It will be hard, to say the least.
But please, along the way, let’s have many more marches like this one.
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Harvey Wasserman wrote SOLARTOPIA!  OUR GREEN-POWERED EARTH and edits www.nukefree.org