Our Climate Action Coalition in Portland, OR, was largely responsible for Mayor Charlie Hales' reversal of his decision to invite propane giant Pembina from our harbor and also initiated the recent "kayaktivist" protest against the icebreaker Fennica, as it moved out of repair to the Artic. We were joined by Greenpeace protesters who dangled from the St. John's bridge for 40 hours, to prevent movement of the ship, and these images went around the world. It's time for in-your-face protest, time for civil disobedience--we are in crisis. Every act that raises consciousness is important. Ultimately, we need a climate tax that all developed countries buy into, and this effort must be led by the US--and hopefully, China. Thanks for all the good work you are doing!

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  • commented 2016-02-23 13:27:57 -0500
    Mayor Charlie Hales has now become a “climate warrior”: he was invited to the White House to speak with Obama; to the Vatican, to speak with the Pope; and contributed to the talks in Paris. He initiated a City Council vote on “no new fossil fuel infrastructure in Portland,” which passed unanimously. His legacy as a mayor will be his climate activism. We can make a difference!
  • commented 2016-02-23 10:37:42 -0500
    I am proud of the courage and commitment of our brothers and sisters in Portland. This movement must use acts of public display and acts of peaceful civil disobedience as we would any number of strategies to call to the attention of the wider public and our legislators examples of practices which are continuing to harm the environment.
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