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Carbon Markets Represent the Commodification of Earth (Photo of the Month)

The tortured equations of forest carbon offsets also impact Indigenous and forest dependent communities globally, through forced relocations of entire societies so that governments can take over forests and sell the carbon stored as offsets. Beyond the social injustice of forest carbon offsets is the simple scientific fact that offsets literally mean a net result of standing in place. If today’s living species are to survive, this will not suffice; what is required are drastic reductions in emissions at the source.

August 21, 2018
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Atlantic Coast Pipeline Already Destroying Forests (Photo of the Month)

This photo was taken close to where a drill would bore beneath the Appalachian Mountain National Scenic Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway through the mountain gap between Three Ridges Wilderness (George Washington National Forest) and Devil’s Knob (at Wintergreen Resort). The mountain consists of greenstone and granite. The bore would be over 4,200 feet long and 46 inches in diameter for a 42” pipeline that would contain fracked natural gas at a pressure of 1440 pounds per square inch.

July 25, 2018
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Atlantic Coast Pipeline community struggle (Photo of the Month)

Union Hill Baptist Church’s Pastor Paul M. Wilson. The Pastor is organizing, along with Friends of Buckingham (County, VA), against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and a 55,000 horsepower compressor station planned by Dominion Energy in the Union Hill community. There are freedmen cemeteries and unmarked slave burials on or near the site where Dominion wants to build its compressor station. If completed the pipeline’s purpose (on the books) is to deliver gas to markets in VA and NC with some discussion of expansion into SC.

June 25, 2018
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Welcome to the Seneca Nation (Photo of the Month)

When driving from Buffalo, New York toward the Pennsylvania border (or vice versa), Interstate 90 cuts through the sovereign lands of the Seneca Nation of Indians. The Seneca Nation filed a lawsuit (04/11/18) in federal court regarding a deep-rooted conflict with New York State concerning the thruway which runs through the Seneca's Cattaraugus Reservation. NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, the NY Attorney General, along with the Acting Commissioner of the NY State Department of Transportation, the Comptroller of NY State and the NY State Thruway Authority were named as the defendants in the lawsuit.

May 16, 2018
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Photo of the Month: Erie falls short as Buffalo holds on to record

Snowfall record stands up as a major victory for Buffalonians, especially if one is a sports fan, and Buffalo is a North American football town that loves their beloved record setting Bills. This year was the first time the Bills had a spot in the National Football League postseason this millennium, a record for the longest time a North American major professional sports team did not reach a playoff of some kind. The Bills however, lost in the first round. Another record held by the Bills is most consecutive appearances in the Super Bowl with four from 1990 to 1993. But they lost all four.

April 23, 2018
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Photo of the Week: March is National Women’s History Month

An outraged woman points to where leaders of the twenty richest countries (G20) were meeting in 2009. Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8, and during October in Canada, corresponding with the celebration of Persons Day on October 18.

March 28, 2018
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Photo of the Week: International Day of Forests

While the UN and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) "promote" this day, however, they are doing nothing to stop the Earth's forests from being destroyed at a rapidly increasing rate. The FAO does not even have a proper definition of a forest, which allows industrial tree plantations to be considered "forests." Forest Defense: This woman with monkey wrench atop buried car in a blockade of the Fairview timber sale in the Shawnee National Forest. The car blocked the entrance to the Shawnee National Forest during the Earth First! occupation in 1990. The major daily newspaper in Springfield, IL, the state’s capital, called the Earth First! occupation “a popular uprising.”

March 19, 2018
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Photo of the Week: 2011 Climate Chaos in Northeast U.S.

While the record devastation around Vermont caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011 was catastrophic to many communities, the spirit of collective teamwork gave a hopeful glimpse of what is possible and the mountains that can be moved when people pull together. As we head into the uncertain future of escalating climate chaos and extreme weather, this spirit may be the one thing that enables communities to come together to find local, small scale, ecologically sustainable solutions to the climate crisis.

March 14, 2018
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Photo of the Week: International Women’s Day

Durban, South Africa: On 3 December 2011, thousands of people from around the world hit the streets of Durban, South Africa to protest the UN Climate Conference there. Nicknamed by activists “The Durban Disaster,” at one point it appeared that the talks might actually collapse, but a small cabal of 20-30 countries held exclusive closed-door talks over the final days to create the Durban Platform. This platform was described by carbon analyst Matteo Mazzoni as “an agreement between parties to arrange another agreement.”

March 8, 2018
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Photo of the Week: Youth Protest of REDD UN Climate Summit, Cancun, Mexico 2010

This week's photo is dedicated to the memory of Honduran activist and Goldman Environmental Prize winner Berta Cáceres on the two year anniversary of her assassination for successfully fighting devastating hydroelectric dams in the country.

March 1, 2018
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Photo of the Week: Women Traditional Healers (2011)

Amador Hernadez, Lacandon Jungle, Chiapas, Mexico: Women prepare their traditional medicines, which they harvest from the jungle. The Mexican government wanted the community to leave the jungle so they could sell the forests for “carbon offsets.” To accomplish this, the government suspended medical support to the village. There are no roads to or from Amador Hernandez and horseback is one of the few ways to travel the fifteen kilometers out of the community. When this photo was taken, the Mexican military was scheduled to arrive in four days to forcibly remove the community.

February 22, 2018
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Photo of the Week: Blockade Against World Bank and IMF (2000)

Washington, DC: Blockade during the April 16, 2000 (A16) protests of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC. The World Bank and IMF, two of the most powerful financial institutions in the world, created in 1944, are blamed by people in the Global South and elsewhere for destructive programs that have impoverished millions and caused massive environmental destruction. This was the second U.S. mass-action against corporate globalization following the mass-shutdown of the WTO in Seattle in November 1999.

February 14, 2018
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Photo of the Week: Kiss My Black Ass (2004)

Ground Zero, New York, NY: Woman stands with placard at Ground Zero as many thousands of activists converged on Manhattan for protests against the 2004 Republican National Convention, the war in Iraq, and the flawed U.S. political system. On this evening, 9/11 families and their supporters gathered at “Ground Zero,” the former World Trade Center site, ringing bells and observing silence. The event, named “Ring Out the GOP” was called to commemorate victims of violence and oppose the politics of revenge.

February 8, 2018
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Photo of the Week: WTO Protesters Tear Down Fence (2003)

Cancún, Mexico: Protesters tear down sections of wire barricades at the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Cancún, Mexico. Moments earlier a South Korean farmer, Lee Kyoung Hae, 56 years old and father of two, committed suicide by plunging a knife into his heart while atop of one of the wire barricades. His action represented the plight of many farmers across the world who are unable to make a living due to WTO-promoted trade rules.

January 24, 2018
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Photo of the Week: National Governors’ Association conference in Burlington, VT (1995)

Burlington, VT: Hundreds gathered at the National Governor’s Association conference in July of 1995 to protest the scheduled execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal, an award-winning journalist and political prisoner. Militant protests spanned five days. Pennsylvania’s then-Governor, Thomas Ridge, had ordered Jamal to be executed on August 15, 1995. Then-Governor and former presidential candidate, Howard Dean, called the militant protests an embarrassment to the state. Anarchist organizers called this a compliment.

January 19, 2018
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Photo of the Week: Mapuche Territory (Chile)

Deep in Mapuche Territory (Chile): Paz, a school teacher, talks about the impacts caused by loss of water on her community. The monopolization of water for industrial plantations of pine and eucalyptus trees has caused a serious lack of water in rural Mapuche communities, and some communities have no water at all.

January 10, 2018
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Photo of the Week: Preview Portraits of Struggle exhibit

Shawnee National Forest, IL: Earth First!ers (and Ronald Reagan) blockade the Fairview Timber Sale area in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois by burying themselves up to their necks in the road. Earth First! occupied the timber sale area for 79 days – at that time the longest occupation in EF! history. The area slated to be cut was rich in biodiversity, a haven for songbirds and loved by the many locals who went there to watch the birds, camp or enjoy nature. The major daily newspaper in Springfield, IL, the state’s capital, called the Earth First! occupation “a popular uprising.”

January 5, 2018