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Humans and our livestock and Pets are now 97% of land mammals

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Today wildlife accounts for only 3 percent of earth’s land mammals

…..”Our destruction is so familiar—so synonymous with civilization—in fact, that we tend to overlook how strange the world that we’ve made has become. For instance, it stands to reason that, until very recently, all vertebrate life on the planet was wildlife.

But astoundingly, today wildlife accounts for only 3 percent of earth’s land animals; human beings, our livestock, and our pets take up the remaining 97 percent of the biomass.

This Frankenstein biosphere is due both to the explosion of industrial agriculture and to a hollowing out of wildlife itself, which has decreased in abundance by as much as 50 percent since 1970. This cull is from both direct hunting and global-scale habitat destruction: almost half of the earth’s land has been converted to farmland.

The oceans have endured a similar transformation in only the past few decades as the industrial might developed during World War II has been trained on the seas. Each year fishing trawlers plow an area of seafloor twice the size of the continental United States, obliterating the benthos.
Gardens of corals and sponges hosting colorful sea life are reduced to furrowed, lifeless plains. What these trawlers have to show for all this destruction is the removal of up to 90 percent of all large ocean predators since 1950, including familiar staples of the dinner plate like cod, halibut, grouper, tuna, swordfish, marlin, and sharks.

Continue reading Humans and our livestock and Pets are now 97% of land mammals

Spain: Why We Defend the Earth

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We defend the Earth from those who want to privatize it; we defend the Earth from those who think it belongs to them; we defend the Earth from those who want to destroy it!   from Contra Madriz  translated by Earth First! Journal

We are sick of watching the land where we live get destroyed; where there used to be mountains now there are now quarries. We do not want to continue being indifferent before the destruction of rivers, forests, mountains, and animals; this is why we use action to defend the Earth. Continue reading Spain: Why We Defend the Earth

Eco-Prisoner Rebecca Rubin ‘Released’!

rebecca-rubinfrom Earth First! Newswire

Rebecca Rubin has been released and moved into a halfway house! Sentenced in 2014 to five years in federal prison for numerous Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front actions—including the arsons of Vail Ski Resort and US Forest Industries, as well as liberating horses from and burning down BLM Wild Horse Facilities in California and Oregon.

Rebecca is out of prison almost a year and a half before an expected release date of September, 2017. Glad you’re out, Rebecca!

Don’t forget Rebecca’s birthday on April 18th! (Stay tuned for more information about Rebecca’s situation, mailing address, and ways to provide support.)

Rebecca will likely still want to receive mail at the halfway house. Stay tuned for possible updates on her address.

Marie still jailed for the Planet- Birthday cards Jan 26th-

January 26th- Send a Card for Marie’s 52nd Birthday

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Marie’s birthday is January 26. Please send her a card and brighten her day!

She loves to get mail from supporters and can receive mail from anyone — although she is limited in how many people she can write back. Continue reading Marie still jailed for the Planet- Birthday cards Jan 26th-

”I’m a Revolutionary Anarchist.. in here for Following my Conscience” Marie Mason

The Ecoterrorist and Me

By David Rovics – Counter Punch, November 25, 2013

“Pinocchio asked Jiminy Cricket, ‘how do you become fully human?’ Jiminy Cricket said, ‘you develop a conscience, and then follow it.’”Marie Mason with cat

Sitting on plastic chairs, around a plastic table, inside a room with thick cement walls and massive, steel doors, was Marie Mason, Peter Werbe, and me. On top of the table was a little bag of peanuts and a bag of very mediocre trail mix. These are the only vegan options available from the vending machines in the room Peter and I were taken to before we were escorted into the visitation room in Marie’s cell block. Nearby sat a sleepy-looking prison guard. Continue reading ”I’m a Revolutionary Anarchist.. in here for Following my Conscience” Marie Mason

Protesters STOP Strip Coal Mine ..20 held..help needed (W.Virginia)

Coal is the worse rtgan oil for spewing C=2 and destroyongpeoples health

Daring Protesters Shut Down Obama Backed Strip Mine

In West Virginia; 500,000 in Bail Needed!!!!

by Jeff Biggers

Ramping up renewed efforts to end mountaintop removal mining in central Appalachia, scores of protesters staged a daring action at the controversial Hobet strip mine today in Boone County, West Virginia, shutting down operations through a series of coordinated lock downs, tree-sits and banner drops. In a symbolic challenge to the Obama administration’s failed regulatory policies, the protest targeted the Hobet 45 mountaintop removal mine, which had been granted a widely denounced permit over two years ago.

According to RAMPS, a West Virginia-based grassroots groups that organized the “mountain mobilization” protest as part of a nationwide summer of actions against devastating extraction industry operations, St. Louis-based mine owner Patriot Coal has left behind a legacy of destruction in coal country for both area residents and miners. Patriot filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, which could also affect pension and United Mine Workers of America union contracts.

URGENT: 20 Pro-Mountain Activists Held on $500,000 Combined Bail; Your Support is Needed
For updates on the protests and arrests, follow RAMPS campaign.

“The government has aided and abetted the coal industry in evading environmental and mine safety regulations. We are here today to demand that the government and coal industry end strip mining, repay their debt to Appalachia, and secure a just transition for this region,” said Dustin Steele of Matewan, West Virginia, in a released statement. The son and grandson of union coal miners, Steele took part in one of the truck lockdowns.

2012-07-28-hobet2.pngProtesters at Hobet mine in Boone County. Photo courtesy of RAMPS campaign.

Citing the mounting evidence of the health and humanitarian crises in the coalfields from toxic mining fallout, including a rise in black lung disease and links to birth defects and cancer, the protesters also stationed banners on the mine site: “Coal Leaves, Cancer Stays.”

“The coal companies are poisoning our water and air, and they’re treating the workers no better than the land — fighting workplace health and safety protections to get the most out of labor as they can,” said Junior Walk, a former coal company employee from nearby Whitesville, West Virginia, who won the 2011 Brower Youth Award for his environmental activism.

Protesters also called on the Obama administration and regional politicians to launch more sustainable job training and coalfield regeneration projects.

Coal mining residents have pleaded for basic civil rights and environmental protection for years, with more than 20 peer-reviewed studies suggesting higher risks and links between reckless strip mining and devastating health impacts, including birth defects, cancer and chronic heart, lung and kidney disease. (A recent report noted that strip miners are even subjected to unacceptable levels of black lung disease.)

A bill, the ACHE Act, calling for an emergency moratorium on mountaintop removal mining was recently introduced into Congress.

For updates on the protests and arrests, follow RAMPS campaign.

Join summer Earth 1st Actions: US and Canada

Actions! Actions! Actions!

13 Jul

Get off this damn computer and get out to the frontlines. Summer 2012 is packed with opportunities to play your part in the eco-wars… ‘Tis the season for resistance! The following upcoming events—starting today in Ohio—are selected from the EF! Newswire’s Event Calendar. If you know of other happenings, please keep us in the loop by emailing us at collective[at]earthfirstjournal.org. If you attend an action camp, please be sure to send us reports from your actions. Continue reading Join summer Earth 1st Actions: US and Canada