In the Web of Life

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Category Archives: Pollution

How To Stop An Oil And Gas Pipeline: The Unist’ot’en Camp Resistance

Our people have had enough. We’re not going to just stand here and take the bullying and take it without a fight. We had enough of these spoiled brats stealing off our lands and not accepting no for an answer. We’re going to be the stern parent and say “no, you are not coming in.”
Freda Huson, Unist’ot’en spokesperson

9:42 min

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the lie we live

“We are the writers…this is our story.”
8:28 min video

The truth of oversupply: dispelling the Great Lie

People get it. Organic methods produce better food and chemical herbicides are toxic to the plaent. If they also understood there is no food shortage and that the ecological destruction by industrial agriculture is NOT NECESSARY to prevent famine, they would support dismantling this suicidal system.

But what industry understands, and the food movement does not, is that what prevents total rejection of bland, industrialised, pesticide-laden, GMO food is the standard acceptance, especially in Western countries, of the overarching agribusiness argument that such food is necessary. It is necessary to feed the world.

So, if the food movement could show that famine is an empty threat then it would also have shown, by clear implication, that the chemical health risks and the ecological devastation that these technologies represent are what is unnecessary. The movement would have shown that pesticides and GMOs exist solely to extract profit from the food chain. They have no other purpose. Therefore, every project of the food movement should aim to spread the truth of oversupply, until mention of the Golden Fact invites ridicule and embarrassment in the population, rather than fear. ~ Jonathan Latham, PhD

article by Jonathan Latham
Source: Common Dreams

Using glyphosate herbicide can wipe out local earthworm populations

Get out of the empire box: Winona LaDuke at Powershift

“We are from here… I am a patriot to a land…we have the opportunity to stop the planet from oblivion…we are the people who can stop them from genetically engineering the food supply…if we do not fight we have no shot at winning…in the end we have to deal with systemic issues of a predator society…In our community we have some teachings…
The Creator’s law is the highest law.
We are all related…99.9% the same. Our relatives have fins, roots, paws, hooks, wings.
Things that are natural are cyclical.
In each deliberation we consider the impact to the 7th generation from now.

You can have an entire world view that is not based on empire.”~ Winona LaDuke


Wake Up Call

“Have you ever felt that you’re living through a nightmare of consumption? That you wish you could un-hook yourself and reconnect with a life that is somehow more real and vivid? Then perhaps you’re ready to heed Earth’s Wake Up Call. Credits: http://www.gaiafoundation.org/wakeupcall/”

Planetary death by extractivism: a review of This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Review by John Gibbons, environmental commentator, of Naomi Klein’s latest book This Changes Everything. This book is the story Klein’s awakening to climate change as the major disaster facing us and what if anything will mitigate its damage.

Having, like Klein, come from an entirely non-environmental background, and slowly, reluctantly, coming to realise the true import of climate change, I could personally relate to her initial desire to look the other way, and simply tune out this avalanche of ecological bad news, in ways that are analogous to how we humans are psychologically programmed to largely tune out the reality of human death

…Klein offers the example of the abolition of slavery as perhaps the best recent analogue for the rapid dismantling of an entire economic system. The slave-driven economic model didn’t end because it wasn’t successful; it ended when it lost its social sanction to operate. ~ John Gibbons

The children’s climate crusade

25:25 video Bill Moyers in his last interview for his show interviews Mary Christina Wood, law professor and author of Nature’s Trust which is about the Public Trust doctrine and our children’s public trust rights. Important for you to understand and share.

Giving up hope frees you to solve the problems yourself

Derrick Jensen in his lectures and books advocates decolonizing yourself so that you are free to stop the destruction caused by this culture. Here is an excerpt from his book Endgame.

A wonderful thing happens when you give up on hope, which is that you realize you never needed it in the first place. You realize that giving up on hope didn’t kill you, nor did it make you less effective. In fact it made you more effective, because you ceased relying on someone or something else to solve your problems—you ceased hoping your problems somehow get solved, through the magical assistance of God, the Great Mother, the Sierra Club, valiant tree-sitters, brave salmon, or even the Earth itself—and you just began doing what’s necessary to solve your problems yourself.
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When you give up on hope, something even better happens than it not killing you, which is that it kills you. You die. And there’s a wonderful thing about being dead, which is that once you’re dead they—those in power—cannot really touch you anymore. Not through promises, not through threats, not through violence itself. Once you’re dead in this way, you can still sing, you can still dance, you can still make love, you can still fight like hell—you can still live because you are still alive, in fact more alive than ever before—but those in power no longer have a hold on you. You come to realize that when hope died, the you who died with the hope was not you, but was the you who depended on those who exploit you, the you who believed that those who exploit you will somehow stop on their own, the you who depended on and believed in the mythologies propagated by those who exploit you to facilitate that exploitation. The socially constructed you died. The civilized you died. The manufactured, fabricated, stamped, molded you died. The victim died.
And who is left when that you dies? You are left. Animal you. Naked you. Vulnerable (and invulnerable) you. Mortal you. Survivor you. The you who thinks not what the culture taught you to think, but what you think. The you who feels not what the culture taught you to feel but what you feel. The you who is not who the culture taught you to be but who you are. The you who can say yes, the you who can say no. The you who is a part of the land where you live. The you who will fight (or won’t) to defend your family. The you who will fight (or won’t) to defend the others you love. The you who will fight (or won’t) to defend the land upon which your life and the lives of those you love depend. The you whose morality is not based on what you have been taught by the culture that is killing the planet, killing you, but on your own animal feelings of love and connection to your family, your friends, your landbase. Not to your family as self-identified civilized beings but as animals who require a landbase, animals who are being killed by chemicals, animals who have been formed and deformed to fit the needs of the culture.
– pp. 332-333 of chapter entitled Hope from “Endgame,
Volume I: The Problem of Civilization”

The Age of Aluminum and its consequences

49:51 video
In addition to beverage cans, automobiles and other products, aluminium is used to purify water and as an ingredient in antiperspirants and toothpaste. It appears we need to challenge the use of aluminium.

Cancer and Alzheimer’s are found to be implicated by the use of aluminium. Studies have found higher levels of aluminum in the breast tissue of women with breast cancer and that aluminum can alter the normal breast cell into cancer. Consider using a REVERSE OSMOSIS water filter to reduce risk.

“Aluminum is a neural toxin…aluminum is associated with the main pathological features of Alzheimer’s disease. If you live in an area with higher levels of aluminium in the water supply, you will have a higher incidence of Alzheimer’s in those areas. ~ Christopher Exley, Environmental Toxicologist and chair of the Institute for Biological Inorganic Chemistry who has studied aluminium for 30 years