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The Future is Here: Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

Looking Ahead for Direction Today

ACTup-leveledHere at Climate Stew we are big fans of future thinking. In order to creatively and justly move forward in the world today, it is essential to imagine a just and stable future. This includes envisioning the steps it will take to achieve and maintain such a world.

In Episode One of the Climate Stew show we introduced That Day in Climate History, a report from 150 years in the future. In the first of this series we learned about the Traffic Blockades of 2015 and 2015.

It was 151 years ago on November 5th 2015 when a group of teenage friends walked to a highway near their homes in Pennsylvania, USA. On that Thursday morning at exactly 8:30 am they stepped onto the highway and held hands and held their breaths.

Their action that day inspired others, and within a few weeks hundreds then thousands of similar groups of people, young and old, gathered on roadways on Thursday mornings at exactly 8:30 am and brought the world to a standstill. The Traffic Blockages of 2015 and 2016 created a crisis for lawmakers forcing them to act.

Native protesters at Standing Rock. Photo credit: C. Northcutt via the BBC

Native protesters at Standing Rock. Photo credit: C. Northcutt via the BBC

A Major Protest Today

It is one thing to want change in the world; it is quite another to put your bodies on the line to make that change happen.

You may have seen tweets and other social media postings about the Native protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline Project. It has gotten little mainstream media coverage. Still the protests are growing.

Digging Deeper into #NODAPL

To get the basics about what is happening, Keisha Mckenzie published a piece with lots of useful links. She makes a lovely prediction:

“On This Day In Climate History” will one day need to include this year’s Native protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline Project. Energy Access Partners, the company that the US government has so far allowed to build this pipeline, plans to track it across Native treaty lands and four states, Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

Read her piece, Get up to speed on #NODAPL to dig deeper into this story. 


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Author: Peterson Toscano

Peterson Toscano is a quirky queer Quaker concerned about Climate Change. His website is

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