Environment

Frack the system: The UK’s hydrocarbon threat

With the fracking industry poised to attempt its largest assault on communities across the country to date, and what would be its most significant advance in this country since 2011 if not resisted, it seems an appropriate time to take a look back at what has led to this threat we are facing and examine what we are fighting for.

The Fracking Threat

The last decade has seen an explosion… Continue reading

Guatemala: Q’anjob’al community win their fight against hated hydro-dam project

Pic: Alba Sud Fotografia/CC

After eight years of struggle, communities in Huehuetenango, Guatemala are celebrating a decision by Spanish company Ecoener-Hidralia to start shutting down its Hidro Santa-Cruz damming operations on the Q’am B’alam river near Santa Cruz Barillas.

The company’s announcement, made on December 29th, signals the end of a tragic legacy of political persecution and imprisonment, criminalisation of resistance, threats and the murder of social leaders. In a… Continue reading

#Staygrounded at Heathrow – Reclaim the Power action at Heathrow

RTP action at Heathrow

Hundreds of activists took part in a day of mass action on October 1st 2016 at Heathrow and its surrounds to protest against aviation expansion and to tax frequent flyers to encourage other means of transport that is more environmentally friendly.

The mass day of action against airport expansion was organised by Reclaim the Power [RTP] – a grassroots direct action group for social and environmental… Continue reading

The greening of anarchism again!

“Nothing ever burns down by itself, every fire needs a little bit of help” chumbawamba

After a damning report published in the journal Science, titled Just 90 companies are to blame for most climate changeare the mainstream channels finally catching up, albeit to a small degree, with what anarchists have been saying for hundreds of years? Not quite, as the title gives the game away, the… Continue reading

No Reforming Earth Destruction

“The Earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses.” Utah Phillips

As we endure the first few weeks of the newly instated Teresa May regime an opportunity for anti authoritarians presents itself in after the abolition of the Department for Climate Change.

The post will now be included in the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. This approach… Continue reading

The struggle against climate change can only happen in reality

The internet. Source wikimedia

With an ecological crisis currently at hand, there is no time to waste to fight for a health inhabitable planet. Climate scientists are warning governments that the tipping point may have past and the climate could become more volatile in decades, not centuries. James E Hansen, a retired Nasa climate scientist and director at Columbia University, said “we’re in the danger of handing young people… Continue reading

COP21: the time of the counter-summit is over

With critical support, we went to the COP21 counter summit and found State repression, coercive pacifists and a lack of revolt.

State of Repression

The build-up to the COP21 set the tone for the entirety of the counter-summit.  Although the recent mobilisations against global summits have been met with ever increasing repression, the increased powers provided by the state of emergency allowed the French State to exercise its full… Continue reading

Notes from the USA: September 2015

Spying ======

Documents continue to emerge from Edward Snowden, the former employee of the National Security Agency (NSA). Significant data was published in mid-August which detailed how telecommunications giant AT&T willingly gave the Agency access to literally billions of emails transmitted across the former’s domestic networks – conceivably every one. These included the headquarters of the United Nations for many years. By 2013, the NSA’s top-secret budget for this partnership… Continue reading

Notes From the USA: July Roundup

Environment

-The protests against Shell’s plan to drill in the Arctic continue; the company’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig is moored to the south in Seattle in Washington state. In the second week of June activists used their bodies, chains, and cement-filled barrels to halt operations at the port of Seattle. This action included six members of the ‘Raging Grannies’, a group of Seattle grandmothers; five were arrested as they led… Continue reading

From The Land Of Proudhon – The Battles of the ZADists

Thom Holterman writes on the emerging zadist movement and the battles it is waging with the state and capitalism.

Zadist

The French language has a new word: zadist. It comes from the abbreviation ZAD, Zone à Défendre, “Zone to defend”. Officially ZAD refers to a French legal instrument that is used to create big construction works, such as building an airport or a project for a high speed  train line. These kind of projects inevitably cause considerable damage to the environment and that’s exactly what a zadist would like to prevent by his or her opposition: defending the zone from destruction.

 

The movement is broader than environmental activism alone. This mainly concerns the projects for which huge costs are incurred for the benefit of relatively few people, and in particular, the transnational real estate and construction companies that are making huge profits. A well-known French exampleis the (new) airport to be built in the surroundings of Nantes (Notre-Dame-Des-Landes). The construction of an HSL connection and a super highway are also planned upon the construction of the airport. Such projects are against the zadists’ principles of an anti-hierarchical society  and have therefore become sites of struggle. Continue reading