McKibben Walks the Talk

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He fully expected to go to jail over his protest against the Keystone XL tar sands project and pipeline. He intended to put himself in harm’s way. And if you haven’t read about Keystone, be assured it will cause harm on quite a number of fronts.

Based on tweets from DC just now, Bill is on his way to the station. The Tar Sands Action will continue until September 3. If you keep your eyes and ears halfway open, you’ll likely learn more–and the protestors will be seen as demonic anarchists or as brave souls standing up for legitimate concerns in our stead and for our ultimate good–depending on your choice of media source. These protestors are not going to be very popular with the drill-baby-drill crowd, but will be admired by the folks who think we bear responsibility for a future that moves us soon beyond carbon fuels.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I went to your “read more” link, and learned that they wanted photos of supporters holding up encouraging signs. They will be projected on the walls of the church basements where the activists will be training and preparing. So, I just e-mailed my photo, with the sign: “Old folks support your action, too!”
    Please keep your blog readers caught up on this White House sit-in, because I doubt that the media will do a very good job..