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U.S. refinery workers striking for climate justice
It is a critical first step for environmentalists to publicly proclaim that the fossil fuel industry is destroying the lives of its workers just as it is destroying the lives of people around the planet and to embody that perception with concrete acts of solidarity.
The seeds of an alternative
The largest oil workers’ strike in decades contains within it the seeds of an alternative: class-struggle environmentalism. Environmental justice activists must also see workers — and energy workers in particular — as at the heart of the struggle against climate change.
Industry backlash against fossil fuel divestment forces the question:
Which side are you on?
Divestment is looking to affect nothing short of a fundamental shift in our society’s relationship to the planet and the economy: to bring about a new normal. Ironically, the industry and its supporters understand this more deeply than many of their opponents.
Kenyan government manipulates courts to dispossess the Maasai of their lands
After realizing that the Maasai living in Nakuru County have vowed not to move from their ancestral lands to give room for geothermal extraction, the Kenyan government has reverted to the old ways of using the legal system to ensure that the Maasai not only lose the land but will also not be given a fair hearing in land cases they have filed.
B.R. Ole Koissaba
Battle to feed the world pits small farmers against big agriculture
Transnational corporations can be part of the problem, tending to undermine the livelihood of locals, displacing them from their home and land, interfering with their access to natural resources, and causing environmental destruction.