Friday, May 31: UU Climate Justice Update with Aly Tharp


Aly Tharp of Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth Friday and Peter Bowden share timely UU climate justice news, events, and opportunities.  Links related to this week’s news:

The Procession of Species & UUMFE 30th Anniversary Dinner Celebration


Climate Justice: Extending Our Reach
August 4 – August 9, 2019

Conference: Building a Movement for a “Green New Deal”
Advocacy Conference on Environmental Justice, Class and Race by UUs for Just Economic Community, UU Ministry for Earth and UUSJ
Sunday, September 15-Tuesday 17, 2019
Sunday 11:15 AM through Tuesday 4:00 PM
Washington, DC

Youth vs. Gov Climate Trial

Aly Tharp is the Program Manager of the UU Ministry for Earth.

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Watch implosion of the Brayton Point power plant towers

The morning of April 27, 2019 climate activists including members of Climate Action RI and the Climate Disobedience Center joined members of the community to watch and celebrate the implosion of the Brayton Point power plant towers.

This is my video of the towers coming down filmed from Fall River, MA. The implosion was accompanied by the Extraordinary Rendition Band.

The implosion of the Brayton Point power plant towers on April 27, 2019 viewed from Fall River, MA.

Related Reading:

Coal’s Final Implosion In Massachusetts

The Lobster Boat Blockade at Brayton Point

Brayton Point Power Plant Tower Implosion GIF



VIDEOS: Valve Turners and expert witnesses talk #ClimateTrial verdict following their acquittal

The valve turners were acquitted today, which means the trial will not move forward with expert witnesses being able testify on the impacts of climate change and urgency of our taking bold and immediate action.

Watch live stream videos below for statements immediately following the verdict.

Shut It Down – Climate Direct Action Live Stream Video 1:

Shut It Down – Climate Direct Action Live Video 2:

Shut It Down – Climate Direct Action Live Video 3:

Additional video by Leonard Higgins:

Announcing the new Climate Workshop Podcast!

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Exciting news! I’ve started a new podcast with my friend, colleague, and internationally recognized climate activist Tim DeChristopher. The Climate Workshop Podcast is dedicated to working through the challenges of the climate crisis from the uncharted to the unthinkable.

As Tim notes on his website:

We’re calling this the Climate Workshop Podcast because we’re “workshopping” the emerging ideas at the boundaries of the climate change discourse, and because we are very conscious of the fact that all our talking needs to be connected to actually doing the work of defending a livable and humane future.

Listen and Subscribe

Below is a SoundCloud player with the introductory episode which covers why we’re making a podcast, the kind of converstionswe hope to share, and some of our background.

You can subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcast platform using the following links.  Want additional news and updates on the show?  Sign up to receive Climate Workshop Podcast email updates.

100% Listener Supported

We’re funding this project using Patreon, the membership site for content creators. If you’d like to help support the podcast at $1 or more per episode, you may become a patron of the show here. We have our first few patrons which means we have started the journey towards being 100% listener supported.  Thank you for your support, be it subscribing, sharing this podcast, or becoming a patron.

The Boston Mass Graves Pipeline Protest

Boston, MA — In an effort to bring attention to the growing number of deaths caused by climate driven extreme heat and the dangers of continued fossil fuel extraction, Boston area activists staged the “Mass Graves Pipeline Protests” on June 29th.  To connect the dots between mass graves in Pakistan and the trenches being dug by Spectra Energy in Boston’s West Roxbury neighborhood, activists including my colleague Tim DeChristopher (I do media work with Tim) and Al Gore’s daughter, Karenna Gore, stormed and occupied the pipeline trenches.

A total of 23 people were arrested with six seeking to go to trial, including Tim DeChristopher and Karenna Gore.  They are calling themselves the Mass Grave 6.

The morning of the action I asked Tim how he was thinking of it.  Is this direct action?  A funeral?  A die-in?  Tim suggested this might be something new as we enter a new age of anticipatory mass graves.

After a series of eulogies for those who have died as a direct result of climate change,  Tim DeChristopher spoke on our entering the “Age of Anticipatory Mass Graves.”

You can see more of my footage and footage by Kori Feener (she filmed activists taking the trench) in the following Democracy Now! segments.

My photos from the action are available for media use at with photo credit: Peter Bowden

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