Environment

Disaster Capitalist Drowned out on Campus

A regular Wednesday guest lecture on campus became an anti-logging protest when a group of activists shut down a talk given by Tyler Freres of Freres Lumber. Freres, a third-generation logger, came to the University of Oregon law school to talk about his company and the benefits of the post-fire logging practices his company employs….

Worth More Standing! UO Students Join Forest Defenders To Rise Against Post-Fire Logging

That’s why over 50 students, community members, educators, and activists young and old risked arrest to protest post-fire logging on Tuesday, Nov 16th, occupying a logging road in a section of the Breitenbush watershed forest impending to be clear-cut. Behind a giant blockade built from gathered branches, they learned about the lies of salvage logging in Oregon and its logic of disaster capitalism, the wonders of post-fire forest ecology, and the joy of participating in direct action.

The Power of Positive Thinking… and how it’s killing us all

We’ve all heard of COPs— no, not the ones we are trying to get off campus, but the annual intergovernmental meetings held to discuss what exactly we are going to do about capitalism killing our planet. Every year it seems like climate change is at the top of the list for the United Nations and…

Day of Demands: Ducks Demand Democracy

One overcast Friday afternoon, organizations from across campus gathered in the EMU fishbowl amphitheater to participate in Day of Demands, organized by Climate Justice League. The festivities included tabling and speeches, networking, crafts, piñata smashing, and administration bashing. Organizers and attendees demanded that the University of Oregon administration do right by its students and staff,…

Cascadia Forest Defenders: Flat Country Tree Sit

The Cascadia Forest Defenders (CFD) have finished up a two-week tree sit at the Flat Country timber sale in the Willamette National Forest. The sit which ended on September 30th was a showcase of the building protest efforts against the proposed timber sale in a hydrologically sensitive buffer of the Three Sisters Wilderness, and a…

Two Activists Arrested At Sunrise Movement Direct Action

Eugene OR – On March 19th two organizers with Sunrise Eugene, a local hub of the national climate justice non profit Sunrise Movement,put their bodies on the line to stop operations at NW Natural by blocking the gate at their office in Eugene. The action occurred at the end of a critical mass bike ride…

Once more into the breach for climate justice: Breach Collective

Breach Collective is the new Environmental Org in town making noise across the environmental and climate justice spectrum. Only officially a non-profit for less than a year, the collective appears to draw from several environmental disciplines and various activist orgs. Notably the founders are former members of Our Children’s Trust staff, which organized around the…

Post fire Logging and The Safety Swindle Timber Raids

Our forests evolved with active fire management by Indigenous peoples over thousands of years. However, over the past 200 years, the US government has managed these forests to suppress fire and maximize timber harvests, leaving our forests unhealthy. We need intentional fire to regain forest health so that they can become resilient to climate change…

Tree Sitters and Community Members Converge to Protest Willamette Greenway Clear-Cut

Tree sitters are locking down in the midst of the Covid-19 lockdown. Neighbors are taking action to protect 3.5 acres of the Willamette Greenway and potential affordable housing site slated to be destroyed by out-of-state developers Evergreen Housing Development Group (EHDG). For the past 2 years community members have organized to stop sale of the…

By Anonymous April 23, 2020
Community Members Celebrate Win in Fight Against Jordan Cove

Community members and climate activists celebrated a win when the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) voted 2-to-1 to delay their decision on the approval of the Jordan Cove Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) on February 20. Commissioner McNamee stated that FERC needed more time to review permit denials from the State of Oregon, including the State’s…