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: Idaho Riverside Gas Leasing, Oregon & Washington Oil Derailment Fines, Pentagon Budget Waste, Nevada Lithium Mine Agency Backlash, Minnesota Pipeline Protests & Aquifer Breach Fines, Global Climate Strike 9-22-21


The Wednesday, September 22, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on the harvest full moon and September equinox, Idaho military and fossil fuels trains and public hearings and decisions on forced leasing of Idaho riverside gas wells, railroad fines for Oregon and Washington oil train derailments, Congressional Pentagon budget waste and excess, federal agency retaliation against Nevada lithium mine opponent outhouses, Minnesota governor’s mansion arrests of tar sands pipeline protestors and state fines for Line 3 construction breach of an aquifer, and global climate strike actions at Seattle and New York City banks and on September 24.  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: Idaho Military & Coal Trains, Rail Bridge, Lakeside Timber Sale, COVID Crisis, & Forced Gas Leasing, President Biden Boise Visit, Washington Track Sabotage & Oil Derailment, Dakota Access Pipeline Protester Plea 9-15-21


The Wednesday, September 15, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on a north Idaho lakeside timber sale, military trains, and coal and rail bridge construction pollution, Idaho COVID-19 case surges, protection protests, crisis health care measures, and forced oil and gas leasing approval and hearings, President Biden’s visit of a Boise national fire center to address climate wildfires, a Washington railroad track sabotage conviction and federal report on Custer oil derailment causes, and Dakota Access pipeline opponent withdrawal of a guilty plea.  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: Oregon Tar Sands Terminal Permit Denial, North Dakota Rail Bridge Fires, Idaho Forced Gas Leasing & Pipeline-on-Rails Actions, Nevada Lithium Mine Court Decision & Gathering, Pandemic Surge & School Reopening 9-8-21


The Wednesday, September 8, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on COVID-19 cases among youth amid schools reopening and a pandemic surge and protection battles, Idaho forced oil and gas leasing hearings, Oregon air quality permit denial and possible closure of a Portland terminal for covert tar sands trains, North Dakota oil train route bridge fires, upcoming talks, action trainings, and protests of the north Idaho fossil fuels pipeline-on-rails, and a Nevada court decision and massacre commemoration addressing indigenous concerns about a proposed lithium mine.  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: Moscow Wildfire, Spokane Train Blockader Supreme Court Win, Portland Tar Sands Terminal Permit Denial, Minnesota Pipeline Protests & Nearby Train Collision, Nevada Lithium Mine Indigenous Lawsuit 9-1-21


The Wednesday, September 1, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features a press conference by Native groups, allies, and an attorney, discussing the indigenous court case against a Nevada lithium mine.  We also cover news and reflections about a Moscow Mountain wildfire, evacuations, and home loss, Washington Supreme Court approval of a Spokane train blockader’s climate necessity defense trial in October, Portland permit denial of a tar sands terminal for BNSF trains crossing present and proposed, north Idaho lake railroad bridges, Line 3 pipeline protests at the Minnesota capitol and a nearby, concurrent, three-train collision and diesel spill close to the Mississippi River.  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: Idaho COVID Cases, Military, Nuclear, & Burning Trash Trains, Nevada Lithium Mine Injunction, B.C. Gas Line Intrusion, Minnesota Water Protector & Police Actions, Michigan Pipeline Shutdown 8-25-21


The Wednesday, August 25, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections about Idaho Panhandle COVID-19 case increases and health care capacities, inland Northwest military, nuclear waste, and burning trash trains, an indigenous injunction of a Nevada lithium mine, British Columbia gas pipeline disturbance of cultural sites, oil company defiance of a Michigan oil pipeline shutdown order, and a direct action training, cross-state walk, capital rally, police torture, and human rights violations of Minnesota tar sands pipeline opponents.  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: David Wallace-Wells about Uninhabitable Earth, Northwest Wildfires, Forest Removal, & Climate, Alberta Train Collision, Zenith Rail Terminal & Line 3 Protests 8-18-21


The Wednesday, August 18, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features an interview of New York magazine journalist David Wallace-Wells, warning of shrinking space and resources around a globally warming, uninhabitable Earth.  We also cover news and reflections about north Idaho and Western wildfires, evacuations, air quality, and forest removal risks, inland Northwest climate change conditions, a head-on Alberta trains collision, Portland protests of the Zenith oil-by-rail terminal and Line 3 pipeline, and police violence and a cross-state march against a Minnesota tar sands pipeline.  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: Idaho Wildfires & Gas Leasing Hearings, Hot Columbia River Salmon Deaths, North Dakota Coal Derailment, Utah Oil Railroad, Nevada Lithium Mine, & Minnesota Pipeline Lawsuits, Climate Change Report 8-11-21


The Wednesday, August 11, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections about north Idaho wildfires, weather, and air quality, Idaho hearings on forced oil and gas leasing terms, an indigenous vigil for Columbia River and tributary salmon deaths in hot, dammed water, a North Dakota coal train derailment, tribal intervention and an injunction in a Nevada lithium mine lawsuit, a final environmental review and funding court case on a proposed Utah oil railway, Minnesota tar sands pipeline resistance training and wild rice rights litigation, and an intergovernmental report on widespread climate change impacts.  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: Idaho Wildfires & Forced Gas Leases, Kalispel Canoe Journey, Northwest Rail Sabotage & Fossil Fuel Facilities, Nevada Lithium Mine Lawsuit, Utah Tar Sands Scam 8-4-21


The Wednesday, August 4, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections about north Idaho wildfires, evacuations, smoky air quality, and hot temperatures, the fifth annual Kalispel and indigenous canoe journey, Idaho hearings on forced oil and gas leasing terms, Northwest sabotaged railroads and county and city policies regulating fossil fuel facilities and analyzing seismic risks, local tribes’ legal support of a Nevada lithium mine lawsuit, and Utah tar sands and oil shale development resistance.  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.

Fifth Kalispel Remember the Water Canoe Journey


Kalispel Annual Canoe JourneysFor the fifth annual, Remember the Water, canoe journey on August 4 through 7, 2021, Kalispel tribal members and friends are again portaging and paddling over 50 miles in dugout, wooden canoes, through their home lands and waters in the Pend Oreille lake and river watershed.  They will tentatively begin from the Hope Peninsula on Wednesday, August 4, and/or re-start or initially launch from Sandpoint City Beach Park on Thursday morning, August 5, ultimately reaching their destination of the Kalispel Village in Cusick, Washington, on Saturday, August 7.  Like during previous years, as depicted in linked photos and articles about prior paddles, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activists and area groups plan to welcome the travelers at Sandpoint, during possible journey arrival on Wednesday and departure on Thursday [1-9].

The canoe journey always happens just before the annual Kalispel Powwow and around the time of the Festival at Sandpoint music concerts.  The Festival poster this year portrays vibrant, past and rekindled, Kalispel and regional, indigenous culture with sturgeon nose canoes and teepees in the painted foreground of the Festival stage tents [10].  With late-week thunderstorms looming, and wildfires only seven miles from the journey start producing heavy, valley smoke and reduced air quality, we are concerned about the health and safety of paddle participants.  But even while fossil fuels pipeline and pipeline-on-rails infrastructure expansions impose and risk further harms to indigenous people and places across Turtle Island (North America), Native neighbors are upholding and continuing their sustainable, traditional practices, through admirable endeavors like this canoe journey and culminating powwow.

Please see the updated, enclosed, Remember the Water schedule, join WIRT in observing, supporting, and sharing this joyful, cultural resurgence at various journey route locations, and contact Nathan or Betty Jo Piengkham via facebook and/or respond to WIRT, for further information, logistics, and ways to help. Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Pend Oreille Canoe Journey, Northwest Nuclear, Military, & Oil Trains, Coal & Flood Derailments, Line 3 Solidarity Actions & Suspended Water Permits & Police Blockades, Nez Perce Biden Official 7-28-21


The Wednesday, July 28, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections about a Pend Oreille watershed indigenous canoe journey, solidarity actions at Idaho, California, and Illinois banks funding tar sands pipelines, support for a federally sentenced Dakota Access pipeline opponent, Northwest spent nuclear fuel, military equipment, and smoky oil trains among wildfires, Virginia riverside coal and flooded Utah train derailments, Minnesota suspension of Line 3 water permits, a legal victory against police blockades of a water protector camp, and a Nez Perce official heading a Biden administration agency. 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.