Water Currents: The Power of Collective Action

WATER CURRENTS


The Power of Collective Action

We're trying something new!  Once a month, we'll be sharing three things that are catching our attention on water-related topics throughout Southeast Alaska and beyond, highlighting policies (What are we following?), actions (What are we doing?), and people or groups that inspire us (What are we learning?). We hope you enjoy our new series, Water Currents.  We’d appreciate hearing your feedback and ideas for topics you’d like us to cover.

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Why Brazil’s Mining Record Matters in Alaska

On Friday, January 25th , southeastern Brazil experienced yet another catastrophic mining disaster.  The tailings dam at the Corrego do Feijao Mine, an iron ore mine owned by Vale (one of the world’s largest mining companies), breached and spilled 13 million cubic meters of toxic waste that covered downstream villages and spread into the Paraopeba River.  More than 60 people have been confirmed dead and hundreds are still missing.   

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Southeast Tribes Seek Human Rights Violation Investigation

Taku_Michele_Cornelius.jpgOn Wednesday, December 5th, the Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission (SEITC), which represents 15 sovereign Tribal Nations from Southeast Alaska, submitted a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights stating that the unfettered mine development in British Columbia violates the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man.

 

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Alaska Roadless Rule Citizens Advisory Committee Recommends Stripping Roadless Protections on the Tongass

Last week the State of Alaska’s Roadless Rule Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) submitted their final report to the Governor and State Forester. These recommendations will be considered as the State develops information for the Forest Service to incorporate into the Environmental Impact Statement and public rulemaking process. This process relates to the Forest Service’s response to the State of Alaska’s petition to unravel national Roadless Rule protections on the Tongass National Forest.  

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Welcome Dan!

Dan.jpgI am excited to officially introduce and welcome our new Tongass Forest Program Manager, Dan Cannon, to the SEACC Team!

Dan first came to Southeast many years ago on a trip to Prince of Wales Island, where the beauty of the landscape inspired him to care about Southeast and recognize the importance of protecting the Tongass. He recently moved to Juneau with his fiancée, and they are looking forward to exploring the waterways and communities of Southeast. When not organizing, Dan can be found in the woods. He has already hiked to the top of Mt. Juneau and is looking forward to hiking up Mt. Roberts next.

Dan is joining SEACC after ten years of experience working in a variety of positions advocating for the protection of the environment. He has worked with communities throughout the country to promote progressive policies through on-the-ground grassroots and digital organizing. Most recently he spent the last 7 years at Greenpeace working on various campaigns including the ‘Shell No’ campaign to stop drilling in the Arctic. Throughout his career, Dan has designed and implemented strategic campaign plans to bring about people-driven political change, and he is excited to bring these experiences to SEACC and the Tongass.

As the Tongass Forest Program Manager, Dan will work closely with SEACC staff, supporters, and community members to promote policies that protect our rainforest home, like keeping Roadless Rule protections on the Tongass. Dan will play a key role in helping our communities organize to participate in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement process for the Roadless Rule next summer. He is eager to help us continue building grassroots power by engaging communities in support of sustainable forest practices here in Southeast.

This is Dan’s first week in the office, so be sure to write and say hi at dan@seacc.org, or come by to say hello in-person at our December First Friday and Gallery Walk event this Friday, the 7th of December, at our office at 224 Gold Street in downtown Juneau.

We are thrilled to have Dan joining us and all of us at SEACC look forward to working with him to protect the places we love.


Bearing Witness: Reflections on the Mt. Polley Mine Disaster Four Years Later

On September 30th, I joined a group traveling through the beautiful and rugged terrain of British Columbia (BC) to reach the site of the Mt. Polley Mine disaster.  The trip was organized by the Western Mining Action Network (WMAN) and MiningWatch Canada, following the annual WMAN Conference.  We took part in the nearly 17-hour trek to witness, first-hand, the devastation caused to the Quesnel Watershed and nearby communities. 

What we saw was heartbreaking, terrifying, and . . . hopeful. 

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Share what you love and win prizes

Share_what_makes_you_smile_copy.jpgDo you enjoy taking photos of what you see around you and want to protect Southeast Alaska? Protect what you love through Tongass Imprints, a collaboration between SEACC and Water Reporter, and start sharing what inspires you about Southeast.

It’s simple. Take photos of the things that make Southeast Alaska special to you. From the people and places you see every day to wildlife, mountain peaks, and rivers, there is always something to share, celebrate, and protect. Post your photos on the Water Reporter App (available from the App Store or Google Play) or upload and share right from your computer on the Water Reporter website. When you share photos with SEACC they will be added to our online map and used when we talk to policymakers about protecting the places we all care about.

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Taxpayer dollars wasted trying to sell Tongass old growth - The North Kuiu Timber Sale

Do you know where your tax dollars are going? Here on the Tongass, the Forest Service has spent over $4.5 million since 2004 trying to make the North Kuiu timber sale pencil out positively. For the second time in the past two years, the Forest Service received no bids on this money-losing sale. Timber sales like North Kuiu reflect the realities of logging on the Tongass today -- even with heavy taxpayer subsidies, the high costs and far distance to markets make Tongass timber uncompetitive in today’s timber markets.  

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Meet the New Faces of SEACC!

We are excited to announce that SEACC is growing! In the past months, we have welcomed three new staff members to our ranks, adding one new position, the Inside Passage Waters Program Manager. With so many new faces and perspectives we want to give you the opportunity to get to know them better and say hello!

 

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27 Years of Protecting the Tongass

buffer_strip_buck.jpgTwenty-seven years ago, Buck Lindekugel was hired on at SEACC as our Grassroots Attorney. To celebrate we sat down to hear about some of the wins, losses, and long campaigns that have defined his time here at SEACC and in many ways have defined the conservation movement here in Southeast Alaska. Buck’s work has focused on safeguarding the special areas so important to Southeast communities and residents and defending the promise of Tongass reform by pushing the Forest Service to uphold their obligation to manage the land for all forest users, not just a select few timber companies. Many of the names, places, and issues he has worked on still ring familiar today and continue to inspire us due to his hard work protecting our rainforest home. 

 

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