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Totem Journey

In protest to dirty and dangerous coal and oil proposals members of the Lummi Community embarked on a journey, Our Shared Responsibility-the Land, the Waters, the People, to empower and inform communities all along the rail line, and bring a new level of understanding and engagement to successfully oppose the proposed shipment of an unprecedented volume of coal and oil from the American heartland to the Pacific Coast. 

A totem pole, created by the Lummi Nation House of Tears carvers and one of the oldest forms of North American storytelling, joined the journey to remind us of our place within nature, our responsibility to future generations, and our connections to each other and to our communities. At the ceremony, the totem pole was blessed by tribal elders, by community leaders and YOU!

Kwel Hoy': A Totem Pole Journey's event:

Our Shared Responsibility--Seattle


Link to Grist article:

Treaty Rights and Totem Poles

How one tribe is carving out a resistance to coal. By Amber Cortes

from our friends at Greenpeace

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China plan to cap CO2 emissions seen turning point in climate talks


(Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it will set an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions from 2016 just a day after the United States announced new targets for its power sector, signaling a potential breakthrough in tough U.N. climate talks.

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Cowlitz tribe opposes Longview coal terminal

Posted on September 11, 2013

Cowlitz Indian tribal officials announced their opposition Monday to a proposed coal export terminal at Longview.

The tribe says increased coal shipments on trains and ships could threaten air and water quality along the Columbia River and harm fish.

The Daily News reports ( regulators plan five hearings to help plan the environmental review for the $643 million Millennium Bulk Terminals project.