Pipelines Across Permafrost, 2020
From fires and floods to water wars, the effects of climate change displace and destroy lives and livelihoods. Deforestation and habitat fragmentation from extractive industries like mining, logging, and industrial farming aid in climate disasters. Because effects of climate change lead to much of the violence and suffering across the world, the fight against it is interconnected: justice and human rights are directly linked to healthy environments.

This series of photographs are emotive, hopeful, and urgent. They honor water, land, and forest protectors around the world who have fought for the rights of nature against increased industrialization. Many are Indigenous Peoples (or are in alliance) fighting to protect their nations and homelands against exploitation, many have struggled against extractive mining operations, logging corporations, and industrial agriculture to protect primary forests, conserve animal habitats, plant species, and water. In the words of Eduardo Galeano, "Let's save pessimism for better times." 50% of proceeds are donated to the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance.

The Gualcarque River: For Berta Caceres, Her Daughter, and Their Work Continuing the Protest Against the Agua Zarca Dam

 

The Lookout: For Jose Isidro Tendetza Antun, Shuar leader and Ecuadorean activist who fought against El Mirador, the gold and copper mine sited on southern Amazon rainforest lands belonging to the Shuar Peoples. Remediating El Cerrejon: For Jakeline Romero who works towards environmental justice and clean water in Columbia in an ongoing struggle against El Cerrejon, the largest open-pit mine for thousands of miles Primary Movements: For Gerardo Ortega, journalist, veterinarian, politician, environmental activist, and community organizer of the "Ten Million Signatures for the Banning of Mining in Palawan"
Pipelines Crossing Permafrost: For Neetsa’ii Gwich’in elder Sarah James and the fight against oil development in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


Assisted Plant Migration: For cultivators around the world who have realized that natural plant adaptation and migration cannot keep pace with climate changes, and have started efforts to assist plant migration. Refuge Rematriation: For the Gwich’in Peoples who have organized against drilling to defend the survival of countless species including Porcupine caribou, and to defend their ways of life in the Alaskan Arctic, Yukon and Northwest Territories in Canada. Drawing Sand: Bringing with it costal erosion, droughts, flooding, and the erasure of farming livelihoods as well as an increase in the intensity of storms, sand extraction is one of the most environmentally destructive forms of mining.

Crane Peregrinations Border Bears Ears: For defenders of water and forests in Utah: Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition and Earth Justice.  


Retreat and Advance: For the work of Guardians of the Forest, a group of 120 indigenous Guajajara Guardians who fight illegal logging in the Arariboia Nation to protect flora, fauna, a land base, and to stave off atmospheric carbon.

Reforesters: For the Green Belt Movement, started by Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. Maathai received the Nobel for her important work leading an effort to plant 30 million trees in Africa. Water Defenders: For the coalition of people worldwide who continue to stand in solidarity with Ladonna Brave Bull Allard, the Sioux Nation, and all of the water protectors at Standing Rock and lands of the Great Sioux Nation
Ice Flow: For the protection of the seabed from deep-sea mining due to the traditional ecological stewardship of the Ngati Ruanui Iwi partnering with Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (Kasm). It has prevented the extraction of offshore marine minerals, helping to slow the degradation that leads to climate change.  Watercourse: For Michigan neighbors who fight for clean water, and who protect one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world from industry, including the 270 billion-dollar water bottling industry.