Stop Fossil Fuels: Why We Must, How We Can

Stop Fossil Fuels: Why We Must, How We Can

Fossil fuels are hurtling us into catastrophic climate change, and they allow industrial agriculture, fishing, logging, and mining to degrade the planet far faster than concerned citizens can heal it. Despite decades of environmentalism, there’s no sign of society as a whole voluntarily transitioning to a sane and sustainable way of living. There’s even less evidence for politicians ever serving the good of the people instead of corporate interests.

Energy efficiency and renewables aren’t enough. Despite exponential growth in their deployment, combustion of fossil fuels has relentlessly increased. Halting the fossil fuel flows is primary; alternative technologies will then help ease the transition to post-carbon living.

With this understanding that we must proactively, directly stop fossil fuels, this presentation will explore what that might look like. We’ll discuss inspirational examples including the Unist’ot’en Camp blocking construction of multiple pipelines, the Valve Turners simply turning valves to shut off pipelines, the mass protests of Standing Rock, DAPL ecosaboteurs Ruby Montoya & Jessica Reznicek, and the militant Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta.

We’ll examine the efficacy of the default environmentalist strategy of attrition, vs one of cascading failure more appropriate to our limited numbers and resources. What will it take for the movement to be successful? What possibilities for true sustainability will open up once monolithic industrialism no longer dominates our landbases and lives?

Norris was a political and permaculture activist for 10 years, learning the harsh limitations of what individuals can accomplish by trying to merely “walk away” from the system. Since 2013, he’s worked to dismantle industrialization. Most recently, he’s co-created Stop Fossil Fuels, to research and disseminate effective strategies and tactics to halt fossil fuel combustion as fast as possible.