"In the months leading up to the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change, Spring Creek Project will present the Bedrock Lectures on Human Rights and Climate Change.
"This online series will feature leading scientists, attorneys, writers, community leaders, activists, and artists. Some of the lectures will do the important work of explaining the current state of human rights and climate change—how did we get here and what is happening around the world? Others will be forward-looking and invite listeners to imagine a future in which we have made the great turning toward climate justice for all living beings. Other lectures may focus on a place—the fracking fields next to schools and neighborhoods, Standing Rock, deep sea drilling sites. Together, the lectures will create a chorus of voices and ideas that will invite audiences to imagine how we can build communities and lives in a world where environmental crises are quickly recognized as human rights crises."
A new Bedrock Lecture will be posted each Wednesday from January 31 to May 30, 2018. Videos will be posted at noon on the Spring Creek Project Facebook page.
David's lecture will be posted on Wednesday, May 9. David’s lecture will be on the book, The Heart of the Monster, and the successful fight to prevent wild and scenic rivers, the Nez Perce trail of tears, the migration route of endangered salmon and steelhead, and a vast designated wilderness from being pierced by hell gear bound for the Alberta Tar Sands.
More information and a full schedule of the lectures are available on the Oregon State University's website.
Missoula Art Museum (MAM) is honored to host a discussion between Rick Bass and David James Duncan on their experiences researching and co-writing their 2010 book, The Heart of the Monster, concerned with the influence of oil corporations in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies. This event forms part of larger theme at MAM this season, exploring the relationship between environmental activism and artistic expression. This event is free and open to the public.
Thematically related to this discussion is Corwin Clairmont's "Two-Headed Arrow/The Tar Sands Project" on exhibition March 27 - August 11.
As Canada and the United States start negotiations over the Columbia River Treaty, the University of Montana will host a conference to discuss the future of rivers flowing through western Montana.
“One River, Ethics Matter” will examine the moral dimensions of the dam-building era, focusing on U.S. Indian tribes and Canadian First Nations people, rivers and the life that depends on them, and the compelling need to add ecosystem-based function to the Columbia River Treaty.
Here is the link to the OPB/Literary Arts program based on our gathering for Brian in September:
April Baer did a fine job of stitching it together, though she could only include excerpts from a handful of us. Here’s what she said about the experience:
I spent last week and this week working with the audio Literary Arts gave us from Brian’s memorial. I was speechless on first listen to the raw tape. I’m still trying to find words for how great it is. I’m so grateful to you all for your work on this. It was so very much in keeping with his talents and spirit.