Tomorrow, Tim DeChristopher will be sentenced by a Bush-appointed federal judge for interrupting an oil and gas auction to fight climate change.
I recently blogged about what it would take to really stop climate change and fight peak oil and the destruction of the planet. There were many answers. Mine was this: We need to follow Tim’s lead and engage in massive civil disobedience against the fossil fuel industry in all its forms. We need to break the laws that protect the plunderers and punish the innocent. And that means fighting tar sands, mountaintop removal, Rio Tinto, Massey Energy, Exxon, Chevron, and BP. It means seeing ourselves as citizens, as a political mass movement capable of creativity and courage and change.
On July 26th, we will demonstrate our outrage at the persecution of our friend and ally, and our commitment to the fight for a livable future. We will demand that the real criminals—the carbon crooks destroying our natural world and attacking our climate—be prosecuted, not peaceful activists.
You can start your fight tomorrow. If you live in Utah, come to the solidarity action in front of the courthouse (350 S. Main) from 12-4 pm. From 12-2 we will use Theater of the Oppressed techniques to get our community to decide what actions it wants to take to stop climate change. At 2, we will head to the courtroom to support Tim as he is sentenced. And then we will act.
If you don’t live in in Utah, check out our solidarity action map to see if something is happening near you.
Watch this video to learn more about Tim and why he did what he did.