I started on the Northwest part of this roadtrip to find the places where there is resistance to fossil fuel expansion, and I have found them. But I also found that many of the same people are not only rejecting a paradigm built on exploitation and domination, they are working to build a new post-industrial,… Read More We Have a Responsibility to Protect Sacred Places (and All Places Are Sacred)
This morning, I drove down the Otter Creek Valley in Montana to see where the proposed mine I’ve been researching would be located. More than a billion tons of coal would come out of this new strip mine, be put on train cars on a new railroad spur, and be shipped on open train cars… Read More Where is Otter Creek, and Where Would That New Strip Mine Go?
I learned about George Price when I got to Missoula on August 21, as I was beginning my Edge of Change roadtrip, and began asking around about the megaload protests. A few years back, I’d heard about a group of grandmothers and native people who had round-danced and sat down in front of the trucks… Read More “You Fly to the Edge of the Tar Sands, and … No Life”: A Montana Professor on the Issue of Our Time
Alaina Buffalo Spirit: “We should work to build an economy on the Northern Cheyenne reservation that doesn’t depend on a dirty and expensive fuel. Our reservation has lots of capacity for wind and solar generation. We have rich grasses that support ranching. I believe the real wealth is in clean energy and agriculture.” From her… Read More Hoping to Meet Her When I Get to Billings
August 21, 2015. Missoula, Montana. I woke up this morning to find my pickup truck hood covered in white and black ash. On the radio, I heard of the death of several fire fighters in north-central Washington. The forest fires aren’t visible from here, but the smoke fills the air, making eyes water and throats… Read More Forest Fires, Ocean Warming, Climate Refugees, and the People Taking a Stand
My friend Paulette Moore sent me this video about Josephine Mandamin, a grandmother who has been walking the Great Lakes basin since 2003. I keep running into women who are taking a stand to protect the water. Water is more than 70 percent of our bodies, is essential for all life, and is not replaceable. It’s not worth… Read More A Grandmother Who Walks to Protect the Waters
August 18, 2015, in Great Falls, MT. This morning’s breakfast was at a tiny diner in a run-down strip mall outside Great Falls, Montana. It’s name, the Double Barrel; it’s slogan, “cowboy cuisine.” Three booths line the windows with views of the parking lot, posters on the wall quote scripture, and on the menu, what… Read More Breakfast at the Double Barrel
My name is Sarah van Gelder. I’m co-founder of YES! Magazine. Beginning in August 2015, I’m taking a road trip with a set of questions that have been building in my mind until I can no longer ignore them. Questions about the climate crisis: Is there still time before irreversible changes kick in? Questions about… Read More After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now