Tucson: Residents plant community garden in the path of new roadway

On Sunday morning the intersection of North 9th Avenue and 6th Street was witness to the unusual sight of approximately 30 volunteer workers digging holes, planting plants, and installing park benches on some vacant ground just north of downtown. Consisting of a variety of concerned people, including neighborhood residents, staff of nearby businesses and non-profits, and visiting youth, the group spent most of the day building what a new sign announces to be the “Ramona-Magon Memorial Garden and Autonomous Community Park.” Continue reading

Peruvian tribe battles oil giant over pollution

Peru tribe battles oil giant over pollution
By Dan Collyns
BBC News, Loreto, PeruAchuar’s spiritual leader, Tomas Maynas
Tomas Maynas says fish died and crops wilted
It is a familiar story. Big business moves into a pristine wilderness and starts destroying the environment and by turn the livelihoods of the indigenous people who live there.

But in a reversal of plot, there are now cases of people living traditional lifestyles who are now invading the territory of the big companies and taking them on at their own game. Continue reading

Rally against Cliffside coal plant, April 5th: Charlotte, NC

The North Carolina Student Climate Coalition is hosting a Fossil Fools
Dayrally at Freedom Park (1900 East Blvd.) in Charlotte, North
Carolina on
Saturday April 5th at 11:00am to 1:30pm*.Join students, politicians, grassroots organizations, people of faith and
climate change experts in a demonstration to stop Duke Energy’s expansion of
the Cliffside coal-fired power plant in Rutherford County! The proposed
plant will emit 5.5 million tons of CO2 annually and will cost ratepayers
$2.4 billion dollars. The air quality permit lacks a hard cap on mercury and
is a threat to public heath. With 45% of children in Western North Carolina
diagnosed with asthma, burning more coal and emitting more pollution, even
with new technologies, is a practice of the past. We need Duke Energy–the
third highest contributor to global climate change in the country–to invest
in the future. Through energy efficiency and renewable energy, we can
responsibly take on the climate crisis that our planet faces and also meet
the population’s energy needs. Continue reading

Hundreds blockade Chevron refinery to protest war and warming

from the San Francisco Chronicle

RICHMOND — More than 300 people marched from downtown Point Richmond to the Chevron refinery Saturday to protest the company they say is profiting from the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Twenty-four demonstrators were arrested for trespassing late in the afternoon after removing a police barricade, entering refinery property and linking arms, said Lt. Mark Gagan, a Richmond police spokesman. He said they cooperated with the arresting officers. Continue reading