Friday, December 14, 2012

The Tar Sands Blockade: Playing an Essential Role for the Climate Movement

A blog about the Climate Movement would be incomplete without mention of the Tar Sands Blockade.

For the past 82 days, tree-sitters have blocked part of the southern section of the Keystone XL pipeline, which, if fully implemented, would ensure “game-over for the climate”, as renowned climate scientist James Hansen has stated.

While I think these amazing activists would have had a greater positive impact for the climate if they’d concentrated on the U.S. elections first and then got around to the Tar Sands Blockade, I cannot deny their courage and their importance.  And at least they’re doing something!

Gandhi was a big believer in the importance of the quality of activists versus the quantity.  Activists who are willing to do bold things and really put themselves on the line are likely to inspire others, and are indispensable to a movement.  

The people of this blockade are, at this juncture in time, walking their talk more than any other activists in the movement.

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