In 2018, Reel News went on a 14 week tour of North America to look at grassroots struggles around climate change, particularly struggles around a “just transition” from fossil fuels to renewable energy, where workers and communities control the process so that they benefit from the transition, and around “just recovery” – recovery from extreme weather events which do not exascerbate current inequalities.
What we found were inspiring and visionary struggles all over the continent, led by working class communities of colour, with people organising just transitions and just recoveries themselves. Now, you can see what we found in a weekly online 11 episode series starting on Sunday April 14th – 7pm UK time, 3pm New York City time, Midday California time.
This week: Louisiana, where protests are building over the Bayou Bridge pipeline. It’s a new pipeline to connect to the Dakota access pipeline – cause of the Standing Rock protests. It’ll be used to carry fracked crude oil for export, by a company notorious for oil spills. It threatens the drinking water source of 300,000 people, will permanently destroy 940 acres of wetlands, and will only create 12 permanent jobs. For more info, go to lelvcamp.org and labucketbrigade.org; to apply for the L’Eau Est La Vie resistance camp email firstname.lastname@example.org; and to donate to the campaign go to GoFundMe.com/noBBP.
Watch the trailer: