Archive for September, 2015

On Thursday, September 17th, members of Northern Rockies Rising Tide and Blue Skies Campaign staged a peaceful blockade in order to prevent a coal train from entering the Missoula rail yard in an act of peaceful protest against Montana coal export projects that threaten the health of rail line communities and the global climate. This nonviolent action is part of a wider nationwide movement called Flood the System, which is mobilizing people across the US this fall to call for real climate
solutions in the lead-up to December’s UN climate change negotiations in Paris.

Two community members, Lee Van de Water and Shannon Curry, locked their arms together and refused to move for the mile long coal train. With other participants, Lee and Shannon were able to hold space on the tracks for an hour, preventing it from moving towards its west coast destination. After refusing to leave and going limp, both were cited and released for trespassing.

“We refuse to let such a beautiful place be completely destroyed,” stated blockader Shannon Curry.
Lee Van de Water added, “we’re acting today because no one in power has made a meaningful effort to address the extraction and consumption of fossil fuels.

The groups present were drawing attention to the role that the state of Montana plays in curbing any further rise in global temperatures. The pool of carbon present in Montana coal is a significant portion of the remaining coal that needs to be left in the ground, which many world scientists agree is the most important step in minimizing the predicted effects of climate change.
While world leaders continue to fail to agree on a just and effective climate deal, and politicians like Montana’s US Senator Steve Daines deny the scientific reality of human-caused climate change, groups like Rising Tide and Blue Skies Campaign are confronting the root causes of the climate crisis by calling for an end to the extraction and combustion of coal, oil, and other fossil fuels.

Actions against coal train traffic have taken place twice before on railroad property in Missoula, in March and August of last year. Thursday’s action was an escalation of nonviolent tactics over those past actions.

Montana Watershed Event – Flood the System Presentation Tomorrow!

Hello Community Members and Organizers,

This coming Wednesday, September 2nd, we will be facilitating a training, presentation and discussion in conjunction with Seattle Rising Tide about Flood the System. There will be a presentation of the graphic narrative created by Rising Tide North America, a tool used to explain how we can rapidly grow the grassroots climate movement while making it accessible to people fighting for all other forms of justice (social, political, economic). It is a grand effort to connect all of these struggles in a coherent way. There will also be a brief training on Non-Violent direct action and how it plays a role in this effort. The training will wrap up a with a localized discussion of the issues we face in Montana and how/when we can take action.

Please consider coming to this presentation. It will take place from 5-8 pm in the large meeting room of the Missoula Public Library. There will be snacks and drinks provided.

Thanks, and hope to see you there!