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400 Youths Arrested at White House Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline

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Today more than 1,200 youths from across the country marched to the White House from Georgetown University—where President Obama laid out his “climate test”—to protest the Keystone XL pipeline. Once at the White House, 400 youths were arrested while participating in a nonviolent civil disobedience sit-in. This protest was the largest youth act of civil disobedience at the White House in a generation.

As the fight over the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline seems be accelerating towards a final decision, protestors have turned up the heat on President Obama to reject the project as this major, youth-led protest, XL Dissent, took over the White House.

“As the fight to stop KXL enters its final stages, it’s truly inspiring to see young people at the forefront,” said Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org. “This pipeline is scheduled to last 40 years—right through the prime of their lives. President Obama needs to look them in the face.”

The young people represented more than 50 colleges and universities taking action in solidarity with groups on the frontlines of dirty energy expansion and climate impacts, such as First Nations and refining communities, ranchers and farmers along the route, and those fighting tar sands expansion in Michigan and beyond.

“The construction of Keystone XL will be ‘game over’ on the climate front, as climatologist Jim Hansen has stated,” said Conor Kennedy on the XL Dissent website. “Most of us understand that we have reached the tipping point. The question now is whether we continue down the path toward cataclysm, or make a bold break towards a brighter future.”

“These people who are willing to put themselves on the line are real heroes because our leaders do not understand the importance of this,” said James Hansen yesterday about XL Dissent while speaking at the University of Oregon’s Environmental Law Conference. “For them to rule that there’s no environmental impact is pure scientific garbage.”

 

 

 

2013 Downtown Holiday Planter Decorating

Thanks to Abby Walden, Public Works Waste and Recycling Department, for coordinating this event. SSI and UIS student organization S.A.G.E. are one of many groups decorating the downtown planters for the holidays. SSI and S.A.G.E. planned their designs to include white pines, aluminum cans, leftover green scraps from the Native Plant Society’s planter and members’… Continue Reading

Pay Attention to Fracking

An opinion piece by SSI member Anne Logue was printed in the SJR on March 5th. Both Anne and I attended a meeting held by the Illinois People’s Action group on March 7 at the downtown Presbyterian church. IPA is advocating for at the very least a 2 year moratorium on this method of extracting… Continue Reading

2013 Paint the Street Fest

On July 20th the Springfield Art Association coordinated our communities 1st Paint the Street Fest. Sustainable Springfield Inc. contacted supporters and local organizations to collectively purchase street squares to paint a sustainable street mural. We put our brushes together and had a great time on the streets! Many thanks to Jubilee Farm, S.A.G.E., GPSI Student… Continue Reading

Jubliee Farm Hosts Internaltional Visitors

We were very honored to have a visit of the International Leadership Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, organized here in Springfield by Jeff Berg. Along with five interpreters, Dr. Zakeu Antonio from Angola, Mr. Alassane Doumbia and Ms. Yasmina Frederique Ouenin Epse Guessen from Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Mamihaja Raherimiarantsoa from Madagascar, Mr. John… Continue Reading

Open Letter from Former Pres. of IL ENV Council – Fracking Legislation

Below is a letter from Carolyn Raffensperger, the former president of Illinois Environmental Council and former State Representative of the Sierra Club. She suggests that the proposed fracking regulatory bill will not be able to fulfill its mission as an enforcement piece of legislation. She also warns about the unintended consequences of compromise as related… Continue Reading

Legal Action Against Springfield Coal Co. LLC

The following article is from the online Environmental & Energy News Site, Greenwire. Ill. pollution agency enforcement action bolsters enviros   The Illinois Pollution Control Board ruled last week that a coal mine in the state is liable for more than 600 water pollution violations. Advocates say the legal action against Springfield Coal Co. LLC… Continue Reading

UIS World Affairs Guest Speaker – Trouble in the Congo

Political Scientist Dr. Severine Autessere spoke about her studies surrounding the conflict in the Congo and why international peacekeepers and diplomats have not produced sustainable results. Over ten years of research and field work with organization such as the UN and others, she concludes that the problem is the standard “top-down” approach to stabilize the… Continue Reading

October 23rd – National Food Day

On National Food Day, Tuesday, October 23, I attended the Healthy Farms Healthy People symposium in Springfield sponsored by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Illinois Public Health Institute and the Illinois Local Food, Farms and Jobs Council. The focus was to celebrate this day and recognize the movement toward more healthy, affordable and sustainable food. Speakers… Continue Reading