In formally establishing the Green Belt Movement in 1977, Wangari was wise enough to see that for the disempowered, planting trees was in fact a radical act of self-assertion, a method of laying claim to the life-giving power of one small corner of the Earth.
The Luddites have been slandered. They did not oppose technology per se, but rather asked some important questions about the ends to which new technological discoveries were being used and who in society would benefit from them.
The 14 sit-in Kentucky Rising protesters inside the governor's office have electrified the clean energy movement across the nation with an inspiring valentine for the country: This is the year to end mountaintop removal mining.
The Kentucky activists declared their intent "to remain in his office until the governor agrees to stop the poisoning of Kentucky's land, water, and people by mountaintop removal; or until he chooses to have the citizens physically removed."
Thanks to a growing grassroots movement, a broad alliance of Kentucky activists sent a message across the nation today: A just transition to a clean-energy future, even in the heartland of coal country Kentucky, is possible.
The dirty coal power station literally powers our congressional building in DC. It is just one among the thousands around the world that threaten to push climate disruption beyond the point of no return.