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Tim DeChristopher: 'The Environmental Movement Has Been Too Focused on Preventing Crises'

Jailed climate activist Tim DeChristopher discusses activism, the Global Climate Convergence and the importance of fighting to transform systems.
 
 
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An interview with Tim DeChristopher, the founder of  Peaceful Uprising who is widely known known for one of the more creative acts of nonviolent insurrection and civil disobedience in recent memory when he disrupted a government oil and gas lease auction in order to protect fragile land in southern Utah from long-term damage.

That story became the subject of the documentary  Bidder 70, and that act resulted in DeChrispher spending 21 months in federal custody.

Tim is among the organizers calling for a  Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit, whose mission is:

“an education and direct action campaign beginning this spring, with “10 days to change course,” running from Earth Day to May Day. It provides coordinated action and collaboration across fronts of struggle and national borders to harness the transformative power we already possess as a thousand separate movements. These grassroots justice movements are sweeping the globe, rising up against the global assault on our shared economy, ecology, peace and democracy. The accelerating climate disaster, which  threatens to unravel civilization as soon as 2050, intensifies all of these struggles and creates new urgency for collaboration and unified action.

The Convergence creates a unifying call for a solution as big as the crisis barreling down on us — an emergency Green Economic Transformation through a Global Green New Deal including universal jobs, health care, education, food and housing security, economic and political democracy, demilitarization, an end to deportations, and 100% clean renewable energy by 2030.”

Watch the interview below: 

 

Dennis Trainor Jr. is the writer/director of the documentary "American Autumn: An Occudoc" and the host/creator of Acronym TV. Follow him on Facebook & Twitter.