Thursday, June 24, 2010

"Oil Spill Leads To Unexpected Environmental Alliances: 'Jesus Will Rip Your Head Off'"

Photo: GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Paul Rogat Loeb:
In the wake of the BP disaster, we've heard powerful stories from fishermen whose livelihoods may have been destroyed for decades or longer. However long it takes for the Gulf's fish, oyster and shrimp harvests to recover, those who've made their livelihoods harvesting them will need to create a powerful common voice if they're not going to continue to be made expendable. A powerful model comes from Seattle and Alaska salmon fisherman Pete Knutson, who has spent thirty-five years engaging his community to take environmental responsibility, creating unexpected alliances to broaden the impact of their voice, and in the process defeating massive corporate interests. MORE...