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The Green Life: Top 5 Green Life Ingredients

For anyone who wants to green their life — really wants to — I think there are 5 basic requirements … or, to make them sound nicer, we’ll call them ingredients. Can you live a “green” life without one of these? Well, yeah, but it is perhaps a “light green” life, not a fully green life. Think

Oil Pipeline Victory! (for now..)

  Well, I don’t think there’s much doubt about this: the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline that would be “the fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the planet” or “game over” for the climate according to some climate scientists who spoke out against it was squashed (temporarily) by a groundswell of citizen action. After

It’s Not Just about Activism, It’s about Politics Too

Direct action, I think, is a true key to the change we need to make on environmental topics such as catastrophic human-caused climate change. But direct action isn’t the only key. Another BIG one is getting people in office who are willing to stand up to corporate influence and bribery and take us forward as a country.

Tim DeChristopher — Is 2 Years in Prison Really Worth It? (+ Videos)

The buzz around the green and especially green activist blogoshere over the past 24 hours or so has been the sentencing of climate change and environmental activist Tim DeChristopher, whose actions we’ve covered in detail before here on Planetsave (click the link on his name to read more if you missed those stories). Of course, anyone with any sense of justice is outraged by the 2-year prison sentence DeChrsitopher has received. Will Potter of Green is the New Red has noted that he is getting more time than people who burned churches and threatened black leaders. The fact that he is going to prison for two years for stopping something that was illegal itself is quite insane. There are actually many insane things about this story that I could delve into, but I want to focus on something else….

It's Time for a Direct Action Comeback! (Now)

The internet has made communicating with politicians and corporations easier than ever, right? Just pop on your computer and send them an email or sign a few petitions. But I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s questioned how effective this cyber communication is in politics. We can easily send emails and sign petitions, but politicians and CEOs can just as easily (or, actually, even more easily) ignore them.

Time to Support Tim DeChristopher

This is a story I think I’ve touched on in the past on here and surely one I will be covering continuously in the next month or so. It also inspires a ton of ideas in my head for where the environmental and climate action movement should be headed and where I think this blog,

Sea Shepherd Wins? [Update + Video]

Jeremy Bloom of our sister site Red, Green, and Blue reported yesterday on Japanese whalers’ apparent retreat in the middle of this year’s whaling season, and shared the news here on Planetsave as well. It is still unclear if the hunting season is finished or only suspended, but there is strong indication that it is

UK Police Arrest 114 Activists For Planning Coal Plant Protest

In a demonstration of increased surveillance on protest groups in Britain, police arrested 114 people for alleged conspiracy to commit criminal damage and aggravated trespass at a coal-fired power plant. [social_buttons] Huh? What kind of protest involves 114 people “conspiring” to enter and vandalize a power plant? Sounds like a few dozen were involved in

Activists on Homemade Rafts Block World's Largest Coal Port

About 500 activists blocked coal shipments into Australia’s Hunter harbour yesterday by paddling kayaks and homemade rafts made from milk crates and innertubes into the water. [social_buttons] The action, which lasted 11 hours, is the fourth successful blockade against shipments of coal into Australia. More coal is received at that particular harbor than any other

Police Warn Sea Shepherd Crew of Potential Bomb Threat

The five Sea Shepherd crew members on board the Steve Irwin found Tasmanian police back at their ship a few weeks after they had confiscated all their video material from the latest campaign. But this time, the police arrived to protect the crew. [social_buttons] “Someone called in a bomb threat about 20 minutes ago, stating

Climate Action Shutters Coal Plant For Day, No Arrests Reported

Over 2,500 people from across the country gathered at the Capitol Power Plant today and blocked all five entrances to the plant for almost four hours. [social_buttons] Operators did not attempt to enter the facility, leaving the plant without human attendants and inoperable for the day. NASA scientist James Hansen, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Bill McKibben,

Activists Storm Ritsy Coal Industry Award Gala in London

About 100 activists from the group Climate Rush gathered at a five-star hotel and unfurled a banner reading “No New Coal Awards” before being hauled away by police. [social_buttons] Fifty officers prevented the activists from entering the ballroom itself, but the action disrupted the envent nonetheless. The activists came dressed to impress, wearing dresses and

Top NASA Climate Scientist Favors Capitol Climate Action

Global warming deniers and conservative politicians have fallen into a frenzy after Dr. James Hansen recorded a video in support of the upcoming Capitol Climate Action, a well-coordinated act civil disobedience coming up this Monday. “If he wants to have a demonstration concerning global warming, coming to the Capitol is not a right choice,” said

Activist Gets 21 Years in Prison for Destroying GMO Lab

Environmental activist Marie Mason has been sentenced to an unprecidented 21 years in prison for her role in an arson that caused $1 million in damage to a GMO research lab at Michigan State University. Mason’s arrest stemmed from last year’s dumpster discovery of personal items and plans that linked to Mason’s former husband, Frank

Whalers Fend Off Sea Shepherd with Hi-Tech Acoustic Weapons

Sea Shepherd, the controversial direct-action anti-whaling group featured on Animal Planet’s Whale Wars, is currently facing retaliation from the Japanese whaling ships in the form of what Sea Shepherd calls a “military grade weapon system that sends out mid to high frequency sound waves designed to disorient and possibly incapacitate personnel.” [social_buttons] If their description

17 Activists Arrested for Entering Old Growth Florida Swamp

After camping near the Barley Barber Swamp for a week, 17 activists were arrested yesterday for trespassing and resisting arrest. The group, all members of Everglades Earth First!, say they were camping out to convince Florida Power & Light to open the swamp to the public due to increasing concerns that their nearby coal plant

Anti-Logging Protests Escalate in Tasmania; At Least Fourteen Arrested

Friendly words from the police last week have done nothing to dissuade Tasmanian activists from continuing their nonviolent protests in the island’s forests. Seven protesters were arrested each on Tuesday and today, while one activist remains in a tree despite the warrant that has been issued for her arrest. [social_buttons] One week ago, Tasmanian police

Canada Ignores Rescue Option, Kills 500 Endangered Narwhals

The Canadian government opted last week to allow the killing 500 narwhals trapped beneath ice rather than calling in icebreakers to free the animals, claiming the process would have been too stressful for the whales. [social_buttons] Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and star of Animal Planet’s Whale Wars, wrote a lengthy

Lights-Out Across France as Anti-Neon Brigade Grows

A growing group of environmental activists are taking advantage of emergency power shut-off switches found on the exteriors of businesses throughout France; toting broomsticks, they wander the streets at night to find businesses with neon lights still blazing in the window despite being closed, and simply reach or climb up to switch the power off.[social_buttons]

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