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We’re spreading this action in support of climate justice and Tim DeChristopher, who will be sentenced on July 26 after being found guilty of one count of violating the Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act, and one count of False Statement March 3rd. On Democracy Now! Tim DeChristopher talks about why and how he protested a controversial land auction where the Bureau of Land Management was auctioning off thousands of acres of land in Utah to oil & gas companies. He participated in the auction and “won” $2.7 million in oil & gas leases in a brave creative nonviolent act to protect land from destructive oil and gas extraction. He is now facing 10 years in federal prison.

At Global Exchange we’re working to promote the Rights of Nature and encourage communities to take action to protect land, nature and livelihood before oil and gas companies ‘bid’ for their ‘right’ to exploitation. When corporate executives decide to site an unwanted project in our communities, we are told we cannot say "no," because that would be a violation of the corporation's Constitutional rights. But we can rally to assert our rights to truly govern in the places where we live, find out more here.

Tim and the folks at Peaceful Uprising in Utah, are listing actions across the country on the day of Tim’s sentencing to support non violent actions, support climate justice and support Tim. See updated information. At Global Exchange, we encourage you to take action!

Flora Bernard, Co-Director of Peaceful Uprising, shares her thoughts about Tim's prosecution:

I [know] that Tim sees the climate crisis as the most urgent and universal issue of our era, and recognizes the need for more confrontational actions--the kind that requires real sacrifice. That [is] enough for me to stand with Tim, and commit to fighting the industry and politics that continue to forfeit our living world and value profits over people. 

Check out this video of Tim speaking after his verdict for some inspiration and then get busy on the actions listed below.

What you can do

WRITE LETTERS TO MEDIA EDITORS – print or online


JOIN OR ORGANIZE A SOLIDARITY EVENT

SPREAD THE WORD

In solidarity,

Carleen Pickard
Associate Director

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