On Tuesday, January 24, Donald Trump signed presidential memorandums to revive the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines—two major dirty oil and fracking pipelines halted by the Obama administration after massive resistance from indigenous, climate and other public interest groups, including food activists.
As indigenous leader Winona LaDuke pointed out,Trump’s push to revive these climate- and environmentally destructive pipelines amount to nothing less than a “Declaration of War.”
Within 24 hours of Trump’s dirty energy decree, thousands of people across the country took to the streets in protest, while hundreds of thousands more expressed their opposition and anger on social media.
Are the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines a clean water issue? A climate issue? A food issue? A social justice or economic justice issue? We suggest “all of the above”—and what’s more, we believe that stopping them is a matter of life and death. For all of us.
So, what do we do next?