Congrats to Mohawk activist and regular rabble.ca contributor Ben Powless for his compelling coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline protests in Washington, D.C. in August and September.
Covering the protests is just part of his work in documenting the tar sands and its carcinogenic and destructive impact on Canada's environment and Indigenous communities, and the responses from around the world.
Well over 1,000 activists have been arrested to date during the two-week protest.
Rolling Stone Magazine has noticed, and is particularly impressed by the significance of the photo of climate scientist James Hansen of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, describing the shot as 'iconic'.
As for Hansen's arrest from in front of the White House, writer Jeff Goodell states:
"This is guns vs. canvas hats. This is political power vs. the laws of physics. And it tells you everything you need to know about why, more than 30 years after Hansen first warned us that burning fossil fuels is heating up the planet, we have essentially done nothing to change our ways."
For more information about the protests, which end Sept. 3, please click here.
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