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: Indigenous Thanksgiving History, Northwest Nuclear Trains, Suspended LNG-by-Rail, Closed B.C. Pipelines & Refinery, Attorney Larry Hildes Death, Nevada Lithium Mine Hearings, Michigan Line 5 Lawsuit, First Nation Pipeline Blockades 11-24-21


The Wednesday, November 24, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections about the national indigenous Day of Mourning and Wampanoag tribe truth-sharing about Thanksgiving, U.S. Navy nuclear submarine waste trains on Northwest rails, suspension of liquefied natural gas railroad transport rules, a closed tar sands pipeline, its expansion, and a refinery in flooded British Columbia, commemoration of recently deceased radical attorney and activist Larry Hildes, air and water pollution permit hearings on a proposed Nevada lithium mine, a federal court decision on a Michigan Line 5 shutdown order, and First Nation gas pipeline blockades, police raids and arrests, and international solidarity demonstrations.  Broadcast for almost ten 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, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Emma Rae Lierley on COP26 Marches & Empty Pledges, Spokane Train Blockader Dropped Charges, Youth Climate Lawsuit, First Nation Eviction of Pipeline, Mississippi River Derailment, B.C. & Washington Flooding & Disruptions, Rare Lunar Eclipse 11-17-21


The Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features a conversation between Emma Rae Lierley and Scott Parkin of Rainforest Action Network, about indigenous- and youth-led marches and empty world leader pledges to halt deforestation and climate crises at the United Nations COP26 “greenwash trade show” in Scotland.  We also share news and reflections about a rare extended lunar eclipse, a film screening and discussion about a youth climate lawsuit against the U.S. government, a Spokane train blockader’s dismissed charges and climate necessity defense trial, a barge-train collision and diesel and coal spill into the Mississippi River, British Columbia and Washington storm flooding, evacuations, and road and rail disruptions and derailments, and a First Nation eviction of gas pipeline construction crews.  Broadcast for almost ten 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, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: COP26 Climate & Nature Lessons, Idaho Lakeside Logging, Armistice Day, Oil Train Protester Trial, B.C. Pipeline Blockades, CO2 Emissions Surge 11-10-21


The Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 500th Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features the Great Big Lesson for Climate and Nature, presented by youth and education groups live from the United Nations COP26 climate talks in Scotland.  We also share news and reflections about proposed north Idaho lakeside logging projects, Veterans for Peace acknowledgements of Armistice Day, a Spokane oil train blockader, and his upcoming climate necessity defense trial, indigenous blockades of a British Columbia gas pipeline river crossing, and coal and gas emissions surges to pre-pandemic levels.  Broadcast for almost ten 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, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ. ~Helen

Climate Justice Forum: Congressional Hearing on Climate Disinformation, Idaho Riverside Gas Well & Mobile Nuclear Reactors, Pacific Submarine Crash, B.C. Pipeline Blockade, COP 26 Climate Talks 11-3-21


The Wednesday, November 3, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features excerpts from a recent Congressional hearing that questioned oil industry executives about their companies’ climate disinformation.  We also share news and reflections about a third riverside gas well drilled and lawsuit filed in southwest Idaho, comments against mobile nuclear micro-reactor tests in eastern Idaho, a U.S. nuclear submarine collision and cover-up in the South China Sea, First Nation blockades of British Columbia gas pipeline construction, and United Nations climate policy talks in Scotland.  Broadcast for nine 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, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Fatal Nevada Collision & B.C. Town Wildfire Reports, Washington Railroad Blockader Trials, California Acid Derailment, Idaho Nuclear Explosion & Mobile Reactors, B.C. Pipeline & D.C. Policy Protests 10-27-21


The Wednesday, October 27, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections about police reports on water protector Myron Dewey’s fatal vehicle collision, a Spokane train blockader’s climate necessity defense trial, acid train cars derailed in California, a Washington railroad disrupter’s sentence, local First Nation responses to a town-destroying wildfire and investigation, a deadly 1961 nuclear plant explosion and proposed mobile micro-reactor tests in Idaho, and indigenous protests of British Columbia gas pipeline construction and President Biden climate policies in Washington D.C.  Broadcast for nine 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, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Max Wilbert on Nevada Lithium Mine, Indigenous D.C. Climate Protests, Idaho Worst COVID-19, Michigan Valve Turner, California Oil Leases & Spill, Pennsylvania Pipeline Crimes 10-20-21


The Wednesday, October 20, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features organizer Max Wilbert of Protect Thacker Pass, speaking about ongoing, Native and allied opposition to a proposed northern Nevada lithium mine.  We also share news and reflections about Idaho’s worst state rank for COVID-19 conditions, a Michigan valve turner shut-down of tar sands Line 5, a California coastal oil pipeline spill and drilling lease suspension request, charges for Pennsylvania gas pipeline construction harms, and historic, indigenous-led climate protests and over 650 arrests in Washington D.C.  Broadcast for nine 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, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Indigenous Actions in DC & California, Idaho Highway Relocation Bids, Washington Smelter Silence, Amtrak Wreck, & Train Blockader Trial, Northwest LNG Lawsuits, Nevada Mine Resistance, B.C. Pipeline Opposition, Minnesota Line 3 Oil Flow & Fight 10-13-21


The Wednesday, October 13, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features opening ceremonies of  the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Sunrise Gathering at Alcatraz Island in California, and discusses news and reflections on north Idaho highway relocation construction bids, Washington silicon smelter proponent silence and another Amtrak derailment, a Spokane oil train blockader’s climate necessity defense trial, Oregon and Washington liquefied natural gas terminals hearings and decisions, Nevada lithium mine opponents’ litigation and land defense, indigenous climate demands and fossil fuels protests in Washington D.C., British Columbia gas pipeline blockaders’ call for supportive actions, first Minnesota Line 3 tar sands oil flow and ongoing resistance, and a solidarity action training session.  Broadcast for nine 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, grassroots, frontline opposition to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Delayed Highway 95 Construction, Deadly Montana Amtrak & Oil Derailments, Nevada Lithium Mine Protests, People Versus Fossil Fuels Actions, B.C. Pipeline Blockades 10-6-21


The Wednesday, October 6, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on delayed Highway 95 construction and a pipeline resistance history talk around Moscow, a deadly Montana Amtrak wreck, investigations, passenger lawsuits, and fewer Bakken oil trains, Nevada lithium mine permits and protests, Washington DC and solidarity People versus Fossil Fuels actions, and treesitter and river blockades of British Columbia tar sands and gas pipelines.  Broadcast for nine 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, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.

Halt the Thacker Pass, Nevada, Lithium Mine!

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On September 27, indigenous and allied activists and organizations, defending the sacred lands and water and critical wildlife habitat of Thacker Pass (Peehee Mu’huh in the Paiute language) in northern Nevada, from a proposed, massive, open-pit, lithium mine, launched a coordinated, public pressure campaign targeting public officials of the Biden administration, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Department of the Interior, and state of Nevada.  Within days, they learned that the BLM had quietly issued an archeological dig permit this week, which allows “professional archeologists” and excavators to desecrate known massacre sites of Northern Paiute and Western Shoshone ancestors, and conduct government-sanctioned looting, while also providing momentum for the mining companies Lithium Nevada, Lithium Americas, and Far Western to start construction of the mine.  At this decisive time in regional resistance, which includes an environmental lawsuit with indigenous interveners and an opposition camp established in January 2021, the Native coalition Atsa Koodakuh why Nuwu (People of Red Mountain) and frontline activists of Protect Thacker Pass (PTP) are calling on all of us to help stop sacred site disturbances that could happen within days.  Please join Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) soon in these actions:

1) CARPOOL & CAMP with WIRT and allies journeying to Thacker Pass, where a small gathering of serious people and Native elders have been fervently praying, honorably working, and creatively resisting the proposed mine, with good hearts, minds, spirits, and clarity of purpose, during almost ten months on the Peehee Mu’huh frontline.  They are urgently encouraging your immediate, physical presence and support at Thacker Pass: “Now is the time to stand up!”  In 2019, a PTP organizer traveled to north Idaho, to offer direct action training for WIRT’s Panhandle Paddle and ongoing #No2ndBridge campaign against BNSF’s fossil fuels pipeline-on-rails expansion.  We are grateful to reciprocally assist this mine opposition, beyond covering Thacker Pass updates via our weekly, Climate Justice Forum, radio program, despite recent facebook aversion and a posting backlog.  See the Protect Thacker Pass and Protect Peehee Mu’huh website and facebook pages, for campaign information, massacre history, fact sheets, and camp rules.  Contact WIRT to participate in inland Northwest trips to Nevada [1-3].

2) DEMAND THAT THE BLM recognize Thacker Pass massacres, cancel the planned archeological dig, and promise to engage in proper consultation with affected tribes, per the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.  People of Red Mountain, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, the Burns Paiute Tribe, the National Congress of American Indians, the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, and the Nevada Statewide Native American Caucus have all spoken out against the Thacker Pass mine.  Ultimately, these stakeholders are asking Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to rescind the record of decision (the main BLM approval of the mine) and revoke all project permits.

With your edited version of this information and the enclosed talking points, share this message with your networks and social media platforms, call and write to everyone listed here with these demands, and know that your efforts make a significant difference.  If you represent an organization, tribal government, or are otherwise influential, leverage your power by pressuring these agencies, sending official letters, requesting meetings, and coordinating with Protect Thacker Pass (contact@protectthackerpass.org). Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Waterside Development & Gas Well Leasing, Moscow Climate Walkout, Military Mobile Nuclear Reactors, Nevada Lithium Mine Digs & Indigenous Filmmaker Death 9-29-21


The Wednesday, September 29, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on Northwest COVID-19 infection rates and late summer snow, Idaho waterside development laws and gas well forced leasing, Moscow student and global climate walkouts, opposition to Nevada lithium mine archeological digs, U.S. military energy consumption, mobile nuclear reactor testing in Idaho, and drone triggers and bombing ranges in Nevada, and the sudden death of indigenous filmmaker Myron Dewey.  Broadcast for nine 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, grassroots, frontline resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to generous, anonymous listeners who adopted program host Helen Yost as their KRFP DJ.