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: 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.

Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Totem Blessing & Oil Train, Minnesota Pipeline, & Nevada Mine Resistance, B.C. Rail Fire & Collapsed Crane, Rising U.S. Coal Exports, Pipeline Protester Felonies, Keystone XL Lawsuit 7-14-21


The Wednesday, July 14, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections about a totem pole blessing for undamming the Snake River, direct action gatherings, trainings, and protests supporting resistance to a Minnesota tar sands pipeline, Idaho oil trains and railroad infrastructure, and a proposed Nevada lithium mine, Idaho and British Columbia wildfires possibly sparked by trains, increasing U.S. coal demand, exports, and trains, Idaho rail bridge construction and a deadly collapsed British Columbia crane, a federal prison sentence for a Dakota Access pipeline saboteur but not oil company executives, dropped felony charges against Louisiana pipeline blockaders, and a Keystone XL financial loss case against the U.S. government.  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 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.

Stop Oil Trains & Pipelines 2021


Stop Oil Trains & Pipelines 2021 FlyerNorth Idaho activists invite everyone to participate in eighth annual, Stop Oil Trains and Pipelines training workshops and direct actions on Thursday, July 15, through Saturday, July 17.  Five events honor and commemorate the 47 lives lost and downtowns devastated by oil train derailments, spills, explosions, and fires in the lakeside village of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, on July 6, 2013, the Columbia River Gorge town of Mosier, Oregon, on June 3, 2016, the northwestern hamlet of Custer, Washington, on December 22, 2020, and all rail and pipeline corridor communities threatened and degraded by crude oil.  This year, we also welcome your participation in protesting Line 3 tar sands pipeline construction through hundreds of water bodies, wild rice lakes, and treaty territories of Anishinaabe and Ojibwe indigenous nations in northern Minnesota.

During the eight years since the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, dozens of similar wrecks have harmed public and environmental health and safety and the global climate – more than in the previous four decades.  Nonetheless, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway moves 12 to 22 volatile, Bakken crude oil trains every week, while Union Pacific hauls one to two trains of equally explosive and irretrievably sinkable, Canadian tar sands per week, beside and over rivers, lakes, and tributaries throughout north Idaho and the Northwest, such as the Kootenai, Clark Fork, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Columbia, and other rivers.  Along with a similar, weekly number of Powder River Basin coal trains, over 95 percent of these shipments must cross BNSF rail bridges above downtown Sandpoint and Spokane and almost one mile over Idaho’s largest, deepest lake, Pend Oreille.  BNSF is expanding this pipeline-on-rails by drilling, removing, and re-drilling 1000-plus piles into train-spewed, accumulated, coal and diesel dust and other railroad pollution in lake and stream beds, to anchor noisily floating, fish-killing, temporary, construction barges precariously holding half-million-pound cranes, and to build two miles of doubled tracks and three permanent, parallel, second (and later third) rail bridges west of the current rail line.  This Sandpoint Junction Connector project will accommodate more derailment-vulnerable, bi-directional, and double-long train traffic polluting critical habitat for threatened bull trout and other native, aquatic inhabitants and regional air sheds and lake and aquifer, drinking water.

In solidarity with people all over Turtle Island (North America), rejecting new and expanding, fossil fuels infrastructure, to protect the water, air, and climate essential to all lives, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and inland Northwest communities in the crosshairs of the coal, oil, and railroad industries continue to actively oppose BNSF’s fossil fuels pipeline-on-rails, through public vigilance, education, protests, and lawsuits, as we monitor project activities, document environmental and socioeconomic violations, and gather evidence challenging permit reviews and decisions by local, state, and federal agencies.  With #No2ndBridge construction intensifying and extending into Lake Pend Oreille, Sand Creek, and downtown Sandpoint, we are coordinating and requesting your involvement in these yearly, regional, Stop Oil Trains and Pipelines actions.  Missoula, Moscow, Sandpoint, Seattle, and Spokane activists of 350, Direct Action, Occupy, Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition, WIRT, and allied, conservation and climate groups have hosted and participated with thousands of people around the continent, in numerous Stop Oil Trains demonstrations, climate strikes, #No2ndBridge and derailment protests, and a first anniversary convergence supporting Mosier [1-6].

Please join concerned citizens at these outreach, training, and demonstration events, to demand an immediate ban of Canadian tar sands and Bakken shale oil extraction and rail and pipeline transportation, refusing to let Big Oil jeopardize our families, friends, homes, and businesses.  Together, in appreciation and solidarity with grassroots and indigenous, environmental and social justice activists across Canada and the U.S., we are organizing various tactics and resources to stage powerful, effective actions defending and protecting frontline communities and the global climate impacted by oil pipeline and railroad pollution and snafus.  Thanks to everyone who has provided invaluable information, connections, and support for these summer events and ongoing, regional, fossil fuels resistance.  We welcome your ideas, questions, suggestions, and assistance at these upcoming actions.  Reply through WIRT contact channels or on-site, and expect further issue descriptions and updates, via WIRT facebook posts, website pages, and radio programs. Continue reading

Climate Justice Forum: Bruce Campbell on Lac-Megantic Disaster, Idaho Pipeline Protests & Forced Gas Leases, Oregon Oil Terminal, Washington Train Declines, Sabotage, & Bridges, Nebraska Coal Wreck, White House Blockades 7-7-21


The Wednesday, July 7, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features a Seattle talk by author Bruce Campbell, discussing the Lac-Megantic derailment disaster and unsafe oil trains. We also share news and reflections about Idaho tar sands pipeline protests and forced oil and gas leasing decisions and hearings, Oregon oil-by-rail terminal opposition, Washington oil train declines and sabotage opinions and river railroad bridge replacement, a Nebraska coal train crash on unused tracks, and indigenous-led blockades of White House gates, to urge President Biden’s protection of people from pipelines and polluters. 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 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 Solstice Actions, Line 3 Trainings, Idaho Solidarity, Property Barricades, & Biden Approval, Nebraska Keystone XL Lawsuits, Climate Heat, Washington Coal Terminal Rejection 6-30-21


The Wednesday, June 30, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features part of a webinar by Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth, discussing summer solstice treaty actions against pipelines. We also share news and reflections about Line 3 online direct action trainings, Idaho solidarity demonstrations, and police barricades of indigenous property access, Biden administration approval of this Minnesota tar sands pipeline, Nebraska landowner eminent domain lawsuits against the cancelled Keystone XL pipeline, Northwest and global lethal heat waves, and Supreme Court rejection of a Washington coal train terminal. 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 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 & Idaho Solidarity Actions & Responses to Line 3 & Keystone XL Pipelines, B.C. Pipeline Insurance Protests, Minnesota River Drilling Blockade 6-23-21


The Wednesday, June 23, 2021, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features part of a webinar by Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth, discussing summer solstice treaty actions.  We also share news and reflections about the June solstice, full moon, and historic heat wave, a week of actions against Trans Mountain pipeline insurers, a Minnesota blockade of pipeline river drilling equipment, indigenous responses to Keystone XL pipeline termination, and north Idaho solidarity actions rejecting tar sands Line 3 construction and celebrating Keystone XL cancellation.  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 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.