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Michael Simms: A Brief History Of Tree Hugging

The first tree huggers were 294 men and 69 women belonging to the Bishnois branch of Hinduism, who, in 1730, died while trying to protect the trees in their village from being turned into the raw material for building a palace. They literally clung to the trees, while being slaughtered by the foresters.

June 27, 2020 · 10 Comments

Mike Schneider: The Wages of Fracking

Amity and Prosperity, One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: New York, 2018). An accomplished, award-winning poet, Eliza Griswold also writes for The New … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · 2 Comments

Lauren McCauley: Sioux Activists Defy Lawsuit, Vow Continued Resistance Against Dakota Pipeline

Developers of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access (also known as the Bakken) Pipeline filed suit in federal court on Monday against members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose days-long … Continue reading

August 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: Tribute to Fallen Environmental Warrior George Jucha

Here’s a video produced by environmental activist and University of Pittsburgh professor George Jucha (1964-2015) and posted on December 14, 2014, showing an illegal flaring of a fracking well in Washington … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Pete Seeger — 2013 Anti-fracking rally, Albany, New York

Musician, singer, songwriter, folklorist, labor activist, environmentalist, and peace advocate, Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was born in Patterson, New York, son of Charles and Constance … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

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