Climate Activists Stage Resistance at Rail Yard to Protest ‘Fossil Fuel Takeover’ | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Climate activists in Everett, Washington on Tuesday offered a “sampling of the resistance” that could be on its way if the fossil fuel industry continues to threaten the future of communities in the Northwest.

Working with the environmental and social justice group Rising Tide Seattle, five Everett and Seattle residents staged a protest at the Burlington Northern Santa-Fe rail yard in the city by erecting a tripod-structure over the tracks, according to a statement from the group.

Abby Brockway hung from the top of the tripod, while the other four, Jackie Minchew, Patrick Mazza, Liz Spoerri and Mike LaPoint, locked themselves to the legs.

Their action, which successfully stalled a train carrying crude, led to the arrest of the five.

“People in the Northwest are not going to allow this region to become a fossil fuel superhighway,” LaPoint said in a statement. “This is just a sample of the resistance that will happen if any large fossil fuel project is permitted.”

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Author: Makere

A transplanted New Zealand Scots/Maori academic/grandmother/random singer and sometime activist, my life is shaped by a deep conviction of the necessity for active critical engagement in the multi-faceted global and local crises of being and survival of species that confront us in the 21st century, the urgency of re-visioning the meaning of thriving together, and the contribution of Indigenous knowledge systems to a truly sustainable and just global society.