Water Protectors at Standing Rock are our True Climate Activists:
“Water Is Life”
Since April 2016, as true climate activists honoring Mother Earth, the Standing Rock Sioux Nation has committed to be “Water Protectors.” Lakota youth inspired, the Water Protectors have put their lives on the line to keep the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from being built upon sacred lands under the Missouri River, threatening clean drinking water and the Sioux cultural heritage. In steadfast presence, “prayerful and peaceful,” the Standing Rock Sioux, along with other Indigenous First Nations/First Americans, veterans and international allies, have strived to bring forth a spiritual community safeguarding each other and Mother Earth. The experiences have been challenging and uplifting. The historic commitment has, at this point, prevailed.
On Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would not issue an easement for the final stretch of DAPL to be constructed. Effectively blocking the pipeline from being constructed through First Nation land.
In the Anthropocene, history can shift with ecologically conscious voices and vigor confronting climate change and bringing out the best in humanity. Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Dave Achambault II expresses such a heartfelt understanding. Bill McKibben considers how the Water Protectors’ movement may mark a turning point.
Santa Monica Signs Climate Action Letter to Donald Trump
Santa Monica is one of many cities across the United States moving forward on imperative climate actions following the 2016 election. Mayor Tony Vasquez has signed an open climate initiatives letter to Donald Trump with numerous other mayors.
Arctic Tipping Points put Planet at Risk
Earth’s vulnerability is striking as a recent report reveals “Temperatures nearly 20°C above the seasonal average are being felt over the Arctic Ocean.” Every day presents opportunities to make choices that reduce our output of greenhouse gasses.