Monday, January 15, 2018

Immaculate Beauty: Río Pascua Libre y Viva, Una Belleza Inmaculada


It was exactly ten years ago this month that International Rivers kicked off the USA focus of the Patagonia Sin Represas campaign with the Proyecto Expedición Pascua/Pascua Expedition Project (PEP). I publish this video today in commemoration of the ten year anniversary since achieving this incredible wildlands protection effort, and in profound honor of Aaron Sanger recently passed yet always with us. It does not seem out of place to publish this on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of 2018 and recognize the significance of Aaron's trajectory of organizing for ecological sanity and environmental justice. The beauty and sheer wildness of the Río Pascua protected now from the threat of mega-hydroelectric development will always be an important part of the legacy that Aaron leaves for the future generations. This was by no means the only campaign I worked on with Aaron, but this was certainly an iconic and globally relevant effort to stand in solidarity with the communities of Patagonia and to resist the ill conceived industrialization of one of our globes last most wild places. Enjoy these images to celebrate la Patagonia Chilena and as a means of meditating on the adventures Aaron had through his life journey. This was an incredible wilderness trip for Aaron, he came alive in a wild way. Thank you Aaron, gracias a tod@s, que corran los ríos libres por siempre!


Sunday, December 3, 2017

California Es Sumamente Un Estado Petrolero

 
 Benicia

I was telling friends that the dirty energy reality of oil tankers feeding the insatiable refinery sector built out on the shores of SF Bay reminds me of an old Sherlock Holmes bit about hiding things in plain sight. The tankers are ubiquitous and the threat of a spill is permanent -- but so few people even really seem to notice. Oil tankers coming oil tankers going no end in sight. Now drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is on the horizon. These are suicidal climate behaviors, feeding the Trans-Alaska pipeline to feed the tankers to feed the refineries in California, and then calling this way of doing business exemplary climate action. Our children are depending on us, we can't let it happen. Here are some fotos from a reconnaissance patrol checking the marine deliveries of crude oil by tanker arriving to refineries operating on San Francisco Bay.

Shell Martinez Refinery and Mt Diablo
California es un estado petrolero
 Phillips 66 SF Bay Rodeo Refinery and Marine Terminal

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Arte de Rua Amazonica

A brief travel to the state of Acre in Brasil to do research into the contradictions of the California pollution trading schemes and the green capitalism of business as usual in the Amazon revealed a good people in a frontier town with an unexpectedly amazing diversity of street murals.
Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil 



Murais Pintados










Chico Re
Rubber Jungles
A documentary deep dive on the commercialization of the legacy of Chico Mendes. The legacy of Chico Mendes lives on -- not in the marketing campaigns of governments or pro-corporate pollution trading NGO's -- but in the struggle of the peoples of the Amazon forest.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Ticker Tape of Aliso Canyon Climate Chaos

UPDATE: Leak halted on February 11, 2016. ORIGINAL POST: How long will this counter keep counting? Posting this now just to really test how long this disaster will continue. Just to be clear, as of Jan 5 when this is posted the ticker for metric tons of CO2 equivalent is just over 6,500,000. Where will it end? Remember that California is supposed to be a "climate leader." The proof is in the pudding. Just look at the tale of the Aliso Canyon ticker tape. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A Headwaters Hike

This is classic old school archives material, from December 1990, 25 years ago to the month. Here on the Voz Silvestre blog I share the scanned images of an old North Coast back-to-the-lander independent newspaper. It was fun to find and remember how I once scrabbled out a "natural history essay" that came from rooting around as an early-twenties "forest defender" that the hippy activists I admired so much at the time decided to publish on the cover of the very last edition ever printed of the Country Activist. Simple title: A Headwaters Hike. In a media that was truly independent. Technology was kicking in--I think I wrote the piece by hand but then edited and typed it in to a word processor that was in the old Ancient Forest International (AFI) office, that is now Persimmons, in Redway, California. But this was still distributed on paper, a very old school (and effective!) civics affairs organizing tool.

This is another example of how keeping a journal back in the day translated into relatively coherent and complete (in some few instances!) writing pieces. But I never was (nor will be) a true writer or wordsmith, I am simply not prolific enough. Still, this is a funky and authentic archive glance at my writing from back in the day. It is pretty fun to soak up the idealism and the fire of youth as captured in this piece that I put together and submitted literally in the very days before launching out as a mochilero south bound, to eventually arrive to a pre-determined destination with a commitment to work in Nicaragua as a volunteer for more than six months. It was different traveling back then. I was so fortunate to learn of the world on my own terms. From the old growth of the Pacific Northwest to the social movements of Central America, my explorations were always heavily diversified. I understood early on that biological diversity included and was completely interdependent with cultural diversity. Little by little I have been uncovering some curious old samples. Sooner than later though the memory lane silliness won't be sufficient to keep me entertained, the boxes will get put away in storage, and I am going to have to generate some new material. It is however very grounding to look back.