Emily Johnston and Annette Klapstein face felony charges for having shut down fossil fuel pipelines.
To be honest, I’d love to be able to
lead a quiet life right now—building things, reading and writing all
day, taking long walks with my dog, having time for dinners and
vacations with my loved ones.
But to live like that at this moment in
time would be to shrug off responsibility for the very world I was busy
loving; we’re in a crisis of unimaginable proportions, and the fact
that we here in the US can (between terrible storms and terrible droughts) live normal daily lives, doesn’t mean that we aren’t.
I’ve said enough
about why I’m doing this: it needs to be done. I feel incredibly
privileged to be alive in this moment, when so much is still so
beautiful, and there’s still a chance to save it. But for years
(decades, for some people) we’ve tried the legal, incremental,
reasonable methods, and they haven’t been anything like enough; without a
radical shift in our relationship to this Earth, all that we love will
disappear. My fear of that possibility is far greater than my fear of
jail. My love for the beauties of this world is far greater than my love
of an easy life.
If others feel the same way, there’s hope for us yet.
My name is Annette
Klapstein. I am a retired attorney and the mother of 2 grown children.
Three words embody my decision to take action: love, solidarity and
It is my job as an older
person to step up and put my body on the line to protect my children and
all children. Being retired and freed from those obligations, there is
nothing more important than insuring a habitable planet for all our
children. Our political system has failed to respond to the grave threat
of climate change - this is my taking responsibility.
There was a call for
International Days of Prayer and Action with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
this week - this is my prayer and this is my action. My life is only
marginally affected by climate change right now, but there are mothers
and children around the world in frontline communities - mostly
low-income communities of color - who are being drastically affected
right now. This is my act of solidarity.
Like mothers everywhere, I
act from a deep love for my own children that extends out to all
children and young people, and all living beings on this planet. I have
signed hundreds of petitions, testified at dozens of hearings, met with
most of my political representatives at every level, to very little
avail. I have come to believe that our current economic and political
system is a death sentence to life on earth, and that I must do
everything in my power to replace these systems with cooperative, just,
equitable and love-centered ways of living together. This is my act of