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Coal, Oil, Gas: None Shall Pass


Coal, Oil, Gas: None Shall Pass

Daphne Wysham

Retired professional photographer Rick Rappaport was standing in 6 inches of water on the overcrowded floating dock, watching the drama unfold before him.

The Fennica, a massive Shell icebreaker ship, was inching down Oregon’s Willamette River en route to Alaska. It threaded between Greenpeace climbers who’d suspended themselves on ropes from the St. John’s Bridge like 13 human-sized chrysalises, their yellow and red wing-like banners fluttering in the hot breeze.


I sometimes wonder why these things choke me up. I guess that unlike “heroes” working for private industry, seeing real courage and self sacrifice for the common good does that.


May this movement of people, united in collective resistance to the ongoing dis-integration of the ecology, grow and blossom into a holistic human culture of humility, respect, reverence for life and death, and willingness to collectively intervene to end “standard practices” like fossil-fuel extraction, and war-making.

It’s a fat challenge, as so much of our consciousness is intertwined with the inculcated corporatist social consciousness in whose media and entertainment environment we swim, while so much of our lives are lived entirely within the circumscribed corporatist political and economic constructs that rule the political economy.

Growing movements for social justice, climate justice, and the possibility of a robust new peace movement, create opportunities for each of us to break the hold of corporatist / colonialist consciousness, to engage with others in striving to be truly humanisitc, truly ecological, truly holistic in our lives and our thinking.

That moment of breaking down crying, is an opportunity for a seed to take root. Nurture that moment; seek catalyzing collective actions; look for people in your life to talk to about how we build a holistic humanistic ecological culture of justice, and face and dismantle the predatory corporatist / colonialist culture of exploitation.

Thanks to all the organizers and activists and crying observers of these collective SHell No actions!


It is a story of Koopa Manduka - (http://www.balagokulam.org/kids/stories/koopa.php)…we have solutions but they are not interested to promote it…so, you get what is happening now…


Flowery rhetoric aside although I do appreciate a clever turn of phrase what you are saying is, These guys are ahead of the program and lets all help them by getting our own environmental acts together.
It’s a bitch because we have to deal with things as they are and our corrupted leaders aren’t gonna help.
Get over it and do what you believe is in the best interest of your neighbor because he will return the favor.
Work together and save the planet as a home for the creatures we know and love including the buttheads that try to run our nation’s capitol.


Thanks Namora and right on, just one edit to your paraphrase: “… getting our own environmental and social justice acts together.”


Capitalism, unrestrained by the requirements of Planetary life support systems, is guaranteed mutually assured destruction. Socially enabled capitalism is clearly a failed paradigm. Help end tax funded pollution of the commons for starters.

The Fossil Barons are quick to point out the dilemma of their “stranded assets” following environmental constraints on polluting the commons. The flip side is the “stranded assets” currently suffered by “We the People” in the mitigation costs of increasing forest firers, floods, storms, sea level rise, agriculture loses, acidified oceans, even lives should steps not be made stranding those fossil “assets” while there is still a chance for the survival of the kidders.

In addition, Corporations are “people” now and as such they have a fiduciary responsibility to Planetary Life Support Systems, as do we all but even though most internalize it.

Then of course we must not forget billions of dollars of tax revenue lost subsidizing the potential Planetary ecocide inherent in fossil consumption. The GOP do not fund abortion. Fine. A precedent. Why must Progressives be forced to tolerate funding Planetary ecocide with our tax $$$, which I contend is even more deserving?

“We don’t have a right to ask whether we’re going to succeed or not – the only question we have a right to ask is: What’s the right thing to do? What does this Earth require of us if we want to continue to live on it?” Wendell Berry