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Thu Jul 9, 2020, 08:11 AM

Three victories in the fight against fossil fuels and for Indigenous rights The struggle continues.


This week saw three victories in the fight against fossil fuels and for Indigenous rights. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would have run a natural gas line along the Appalachian Trail, was abandoned by dirty-energy giants Duke and Dominion, citing threats to the “economic viability of the project.”

The Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that an extension to the Keystone XL pipeline requires a full environmental impact statement. And a federal judge ruled that the Dakota Access Pipeline, which led to the historic Standing Rock protest encampment in 2016, must be immediately shut down and all its oil removed, pending a full environmental review.

Lumbee Nation elder and activist Donna Chavis called the Atlantic Coast Pipeline win — and the larger movement for environmental justice — a “David versus Goliath struggle.”

This description also applies to the fight to make Indigenous-led fossil fuel resistance movements part of our curriculum. Between corporate textbook misinformation, content standards that are silent on contemporary Native Peoples, and the siloing of climate change to science classes, it takes organizing to #TeachClimateJustice.

Below are resources and lessons to help you.

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