Saturday, February 25, 6:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, 2945 NW Circle Blvd.
On October 11, five climate activists shook the North American energy industry by closing the emergency shut off valves on all five pipelines bringing Canadian tar sands oil into the US. It was an unprecedented act of non-violent direct action that shut down 15% of US crude oil imports for nearly a day.
Now, the “Valve Turners” face felony charges with sentences of up to 90 years in prison and hundreds of thousand of dollars in fines and legal fees. Hear Emily, Michael, Annette, Leonard, and Ken discuss why they felt morally compelled to take this action and risk their freedom.
Former Corvallis resident and 350Corvallis member, Leonard Higgins was one of these brave individuals and will speak at this event along with the other 4 valve turners. Ken Ward willl also reflect on his recent trial and the testimony that led to a hung jury.
The valve turners will be interviewed by Kathleen Dean Moore, Corvallis philosopher, environmental advocate, and writer.
These climate heroes need our support as they argue the necessity of their actions in court. This event will be a fundraiser for their legal fees. Suggested donation $20, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Read more about the valve turners here:
Activists Who Closed the Emergency Shutoff Valves on Tar Sands Pipelines: “This Is an Emergency”
In anticipation for scholar-activist Naomi Klein’s upcoming speaking event on April 5 at the LaSells Stewart Center, the Spring Creek Project is hosting a series of discussions on Klein’s most recent book This Changes Everything: Capitalism versus the Climate. We will be meeting at the Multicultural Literacy Center on three Wednesday evenings: Wednesday, Februrary 15, March 1, and March 15, 6:00pm
Please join us for what is sure to be a stimulating conversation on the prospects for changing humanity’s current relationship with the environment, and charting out a better pathway forward from the current trends of a deepening climate crisis.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1863730593882443/
about Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything Capitalism vs. the Climate”
Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed system and build something radically better. In her most provocative talk yet, Naomi Klein tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth.
We have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. We have been told it’s impossible to get off fossil fuels when in fact we know exactly how to do it—it just requires breaking every rule in the “free-market” playbook. We have also been told that humanity is too greedy and selfish to rise to this challenge. In fact, all around the world, the fight back is already succeeding in ways both surprising and inspiring. Climate change, Klein argues, is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms, and droughts. Confronting it is no longer about changing the light bulbs. It’s about changing the world—before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe. Either we leap—or we sink.