by Matthew Kennedy
Only months ago, highly explosive crude oil began to flow through the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), or the Black Snake, as it was named by the Indigenous and allied activists at Standing Rock who organized massive opposition to its construction. The pipeline has since then leaked five times along its route. Proposals for dangerous new fossil fuel projects will continue to multiply, per the extremist deregulatory agenda of the Trump administration. But the fierce struggle for Lakota & Dakota territorial sovereignty (and rights for all Indigenous peoples, more broadly), together with the persistent legal confrontation of DAPL and the U.S. government, have left a formidable legacy for the coming years.
One of many testaments to this legacy is a “floating pipeline resistance camp” which has formed “in the swamps of Houma, Chitimacha, and Chata territory” in southern Louisiana to halt the expansion of a related Energy Transfer Partners scheme: the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP). The BPP is the southernmost leg of DAPL. A new stretch of the BBP would carry fracked Bakken crude via Nederland, TX and Lake Charles, LA to terminals in St. James, LA. Anti-pipeline organizers, coming together in June of last year, have named their camp, L’eau Est La Vie, a cajun variation on the Water Protectors’ Lakota, mni wiconi, or “water is life.” An inaugural announcement from the Indigenous Environmental Network read:
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Last night we organized a calling party at College of the Atlantic. We called banks, the White House, the US Army Corps, Safariland and other parties to continue the momentum of #NoDAPL movement.
One of our members calling a bank, asking them
to divest from Energy Transfer and DAPL.
Credits to David Tong
By Margherita Tommasini
I experience panic attacks. I already share this struggle with the people I love, so it does not really matter if now the Internet will know about it.
I sort of knew what I was getting into. Last year I attended COP21 in Paris. I did not have accreditation for the Blue Zone, but I spent the three weeks in the Ville Lumières engaging with different levels of civil society and getting a glimpse of what climate negotiations look like.
In Marrakech I was finally able to unveil the true story.
Given my history of anxiety and general depression, in early September when it was time to decide whether to join the preparatory course to attend the COP, I had asked myself whether I could have handled an unknown amount of stressors and whether it was worth it. I told myself that I could not surrender to the monsters in my head. And I went for it.
by Rachael Goldberg and Andrea Fontana
Mobilized by 350.org, we joined a variety of climate justice groups that gathered today to demand governments to “freeze” the extraction and use of fossil fuels.
Members of Earth in Brackets gathered with other Climate Justice groups and “froze” in the Blue Zone of COP22. The action was meant to draw attention to the report “The Sky’s Limit” that was recently published by Oil Change International.
Photo credits to David Tong