About WIRT

The WIRT collective is part of an international, grassroots network of groups and individuals who take direct action to confront the root causes of climate change and to promote local, community-based solutions to the climate crisis.

Climate Justice Forum: Tar Sands Pipeline Valve Turners Conversation with Wen Stephenson, Spokane Train Blockader Hearings, Second Lake Rail Bridge Equipment Removal, Smoldering Montana Coal Train Spill 9-20-17


The Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a webcast conversation among the tar sands pipeline valve turners and independent author and activist Wen Stephenson, discussing their climate direct action motivated by hope and doom.  We also cover upcoming court hearings of coal and oil train blockader George Taylor in Spokane, equipment removal from the second, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge, pile load test site near Sandpoint, and smoldering, uncleared coal at the August 13, Clark Fork River, coal train derailment and spill site in Montana.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

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Climate Justice Forum: An Inconvenient Sequel Reactions, Highway 95 Lawsuit Decision, Climate Change Effects on Western Wildfires, Hurricane Harvey Pollution, Yellowstone Area Earthquakes 9-13-17


The Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections about Al Gore’s climate cataclysm film, An Inconvenient Sequel, a federal lawsuit decision on Highway 95 realignment and expansion near Moscow, climate change effects on western U.S. wildfires and smoke, Hurricane Harvey’s polluted aftermath, and Idaho and Montana earthquake swarms near the Yellowstone volcano.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Steve Ullrich on Federal, Highway 95 Lawsuit, Montana Coal Train Wreck, Regional Meteorite Fireball, Northwest Wildfires & Smoke, Abandoned Oil Terminal Proposals, Wisconsin Pipeline Protests


The Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a KRFP report and interview of Steve Ullrich of the Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition, about a federal lawsuit challenging the eastern alignment and expansion of U.S. Highway 95 south of Moscow.  We also cover news about the Montana Rail Link coal train wreck near Heron, a regionally seen, meteorite fireball, hazardous, Northwest air conditions and evacuations from record wildfires, two abandoned, Grays Harbor, oil-by-rail terminal proposals, and water protector actions against Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline construction in Wisconsin.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Third Panhandle Paddle Report & Photos

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Third Panhandle Paddle 8-27-17 (35 event photos)

Thanks to each and all of the grassroots activists who converged from across the country, for third, annual, Panhandle Paddle activities co-hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allies, on August 25 to 27 in Sandpoint, Idaho. Participants discussed, trained for, planned, and staged resistance to Alberta tar sands, Bakken shale oil, and Powder River Basin coal trains and terminals that have caused wrecks, fires, spills, and pollution throughout the Northwest, from the Clark Fork upriver town of Heron, Montana, to the Columbia River Gorge village of Mosier, Oregon, and dozens of other locations.  Their enthusiastic involvement shows that Northwest residents will continue to protest fossil fuel and railroad industry proposals of new and expanded infrastructure, like north Idaho, double track construction and a second, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge.  After seven Idaho and Montana train derailments and collisions, two deadly, in seven months within 43 miles of Sandpoint, concerned citizens are rising up against coal and oil train traffic that recklessly endangers the health and safety of Northwest communities, environments, and the global climate. Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Spokane Coal Train Rider, Fossil Fuel Trains Before Third Panhandle Paddle, Montana Oil Trains through Coal Train Wreck, Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal Hearing, Spokane Coal & Oil Train Ballot Measure, Minnesota Valve Turner Hearing, Lake Pend Oreille Earthquakes 8-30-17


The Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news about a shirtless, coal train rider in Spokane, Third Panhandle Paddle actions and increased fossil fuel train traffic in Sandpoint, and the Montana Rail Link coal train wreck and oil trains in Montana.  We also cover a Tesoro Savage oil-by-rail terminal hearing in Vancouver, a ballot measure proposed to fine uncovered coal trains and volatile oil trains in Spokane, a tar sands pipeline valve turner court hearing in Minnesota, and earthquakes around the current and proposed, Lake Pend Oreille rail bridges.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Montana Coal Train Spill, Third Panhandle Paddle, Idaho & Washington Energy Committee Meetings, Halted Montana Coal Mine, Dakota Access Lawsuit Against Water Protectors, Tacoma Gas Plant & Wisconsin Pipeline Protests 8-23-17


The Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features updates on the Third Panhandle Paddle in Sandpoint and the Montana Rail Link coal train wreck and spill into the Clark Fork River in Montana, and news about meetings of the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.  We also cover a Montana court victory over expansion of an underground coal mine, a Dakota Access pipeline company lawsuit against NoDAPL, water protectors, and protests of a liquefied natural gas plant in Tacoma and an Enbridge tar sands pipeline in Wisconsin.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Third Panhandle Paddle


August 25-27 Third Panhandle Paddle

No2ndBridge Panel, Action Training, & Flotilla Rally

The Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) collective and allied activists, friends, and supporters invite and heartily welcome your input and involvement during an upcoming weekend of opportunities to discuss, train for, and stage resistance to the fossil fuel and railroad industry degraders of basic, global, human, environmental, and climate health and rights. In the wake of seven north Idaho and northwest Montana train derailments and collisions in five months, the disastrous, oil and coal train wrecks, spills, and pollution in the Columbia River Gorge village of Mosier, Oregon, and the upstream, Clark Fork River town of Heron, Montana, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway’s (BNSF) north Idaho, double track construction and second, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge proposal and preparation, interior Northwest residents are rising up, organizing, and co-hosting third annual Panhandle Paddle activities, to stand against the volatile Alberta tar sands and fracked Bakken crude oil trains, dusty Powder River Basin coal trains, and fossil fuel infrastructure use, expansion, and deterioration that recklessly endanger our lives, communities, lands, water, air, and climate [1-3].  Please join us at these annual events at the Gardenia Center, City Beach Park, and Dog Beach Park in Sandpoint, Idaho, on August 25 to 27! Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Montana Riverside Coal Train Wreck, Idaho Oil & Gas Forced Pooling, Herb Goodwin & NoDAPL Court Cases, Upcoming Hearings, Gatherings, & Actions 8-16-17


The Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news about the Montana Rail Link coal train wreck and spill into a northwest Montana river upstream of Lake Pend Oreille, and updates on the court cases of a southwest Idaho group challenging forced, oil and gas lease pooling, and of WIRT activist Herb Goodwin and other Dakota Access pipeline water protectors.  We also offer announcements of the upcoming Healing Gathering for the Land and Water‎ in northern Alberta, Third Panhandle Paddle in Sandpoint, and fossil fuel train blockader George Taylor’s necessity defense hearing in Spokane.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Young, Climate Lawsuit Plaintiffs Visit Sandpoint on Saturday, August 12


On Saturday, August 12, from 12 noon to 2 pm, meet Gabe Mandell, Aji Piper, and Adonis Williams, three of the 21 world-famous children involved in “trials of the millennium” – climate lawsuits brought by young people against state and federal governments [1-3].  These court cases allege that governments’ roles in creating and perpetuating the climate crisis violate the U.S. Constitution and public trust doctrine.  Adonis, Aji, and Gabe will share their stories through words and music, depicting the renowned, federal, Juliana v. U.S. and Washington state lawsuits they have filed to ensure a sustainable, livable environment for them and future generations.

These incredible litigants also serve as climate justice ambassadors for the Pacific Northwest chapter of Plant for the Planet, an international organization with over 100,000 young members who have planted more than 14 billion trees in over 130 nations [4].  Through this public presentation and following youth event, with free but limited audience seating at the Gardenia Center, 400 Church Street in Sandpoint, Idaho, learn what you can do to join this movement.  Event sponsors 350Sandpoint, Pacific Northwest Plant for the Planet, and Our Children’s Trust encourage family attendance.  For further information, see the enclosed links and attached flyer and media release, and email and call the hosts at info@350sandpoint.org and 208-627-9084.  Thanks! Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Spokane Train Blockaders Talk, Rolling Washington Oil Train Blockades, Kalispel Tribe Paddle, Tar Sands Healing Gathering & Valve Turner Hearings, Sandpoint Climate Resistance Events 8-9-17


The Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features the second half of the Spokane train blockaders talk in Sandpoint, Idaho, on July 29.  Raging Grannies Margie Heller, Nancy Nelson, and Deena Romoff and Veteran for Peace Rusty Nelson discuss their reasons for and results of stopping coal and oil trains in East Spokane, Washington, in late August and September 2016.  We also cover upcoming, tar sands pipeline valve turner hearings, a northern Alberta healing gathering, a Kalispel Tribe paddle, and Sandpoint climate change and rail bridge resistance presentations, trainings, and actions, as well as two Shut Down Fossil Fuels blockades of the same oil train in western Washington, on Monday after Base Camp.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show offers news and interviews about continent-wide, community opposition to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.