Leave it in the ground! Day of Direct Action Against Extraction: April 20th

Take Action for the Earth and our Communities April 20.

1 year anniversary of the BP Oil Spill

Communities around the world are under attack from extractive industries that poison our families, kill our loved ones on the job, and destroy the ecosystems we cherish. The BP oil spill was unfortunately just one of an endless string of disasters born of an economic system that must endlessly consume the Earth’s  resources.

Extraction is the act of taking without giving anything back. Extraction takes workers lives so  corporations can make a few more bucks. Extraction takes clean water and air and gives us blackened oceans and a climate in chaos. Extraction takes the natural wealth of communities and ecosystems and leaves behind poverty and ecological wastelands.

For a stable climate, clean air and water, we must stop the extraction of fossil fuels and other “resources.”  From the tar sands of Alberta to the Gulf Coast, people are fighting back against the extractiveindustries  that have declared war on our planet. Rising Tide is calling for a day of direct action against extraction on the 1 year anniversary of the BP oil spill.

On April 20th take it to the point of production.  Shut down a well site, occupy a mine, take over an office, blockade a bank. Nobody’s community should be a sacrifice  zone.

For climate justice and a livable planet,

Rising Tide North America






3 Responses to “Leave it in the ground! Day of Direct Action Against Extraction: April 20th”

  1. 1 jim Feb 7th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Just remember if it can’t be grown, it must be mined.

    Think about it. The shirt off your back is made of cotton. What picked that cotton and weaved it into cloth. Machines!! Made of what???? iron and steel and aluminum and copper and lead and many more elements. Do we want electricity? Think about the elements that must be mined and formed into parts just to supply electricity. Do we want to feed our children? What is needed for the food to be planted, grown, harvested, stored,sold, distributed, cooked, served,cleaned up, and disposed of. A lot of equipment is made to accomplish this.

    There is no single solution unless we become cavemen again and fight for every thing we need to survive. Its simple, that we must extract from the earth, but we must be responsible for how we extract. Again there is no simple solution and everything we do in life has a double edge sword.

  2. 2 Kjell Kühne Feb 22nd, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Jim,

    thank your for your comment. You are right, today there are few mature alternatives in sight, it is still mostly patchwork. The challenge in terms of climate change can be summarized as replacing fossil fuels with renewables globally over the next 40 years. That is totally doable and has been proposed here: http://www.inforse.org/europe/VisionWorld.htm and here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=a-path-to-sustainable-energy-by-2030

    Of course there are more challenges involved in transforming our linear “extract-process-use-throw away” economy into a circular one. It is a huge challenge that has to be mastered by our generation unless we want to drive Mother Earth totally off balance.

    But the cavemen part is a huge exaggeration. Think of your grandparents or great-grandparents? Were they cavemen? They probably managed with a low-carbon lifestyle and surely used some zero emissions solutions for their needs that we have forgotten about. Maybe after all we have to redefine what is backwards and what is progressive!



  3. 3 Richard Mar 7th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    What a rediculous sentiment.

    I hope you all realize that without oil, you would lead a pretty miserable life.

    Clothing, food and shelter would become more expensive a comody than you could afford. You would not have light, heat and water on demand as you do now. Travel would become increasingly expensive.

    How about instead of hating on the fuel that keeps our world going, develop something to replace it. Are you really willing to attack the industry that enables people to live the comfortable, happy lives they do before having a developed and implemented technology to sustain people’s lifestyles?

    Give your head a shake, and think things through before you open your mouth or submit a keystroke.

    Oh, and by the way, you wouldn’t be typing on a computer and submitting it to an internet based public forum without oil.

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