The pipeline destruction of the Dakota plains became the scene of violence this week, with haunting images recalling both the massacre at Wounded Knee and Bull Connor’s dogs. At the same moment, New Zealand gave ‘personhood’ rights to a national park. Can we combine this sense of collective ownership (did the Indians really ‘sell’ Manhattan Island?) with the private property rights that allow us to risk poisoning the Missouri River? Listen in!
The reading list:
- History of Wounded Knee
- About Bull Connor and his dogs
- McKibben in the New Yorker on the "America's dark past'
- AP report on the violence
- Then the dogs came
- Democracy Now's video- watch it!
- Mother Nature's right to live
- Aussie news channel on granting citizenship rights to rivers
- Contrasting attitudes in NZ and Australia
- Naomi Klein's This changes everything
- Deniers link climate change to a new world order
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Thanks for listening.