Youth activists stand against Oregon pipeline

  • Published on July 15th, 2017

It’s youth of today vs energy of the past in Oregon today. Youth climate justice leaders from Oregon and California, including plaintiffs in the climate action lawsuit Juliana v. US. (supported by Our Children’s Trust) will challenge a Liquid Natural Gas Pipeline as a threat to climate, water and communities today.

By Dan Bacher Deport Pipelines youth protest by Kerul Dyer

The young activists, including members of the Hoopa Valley, Yurok, and Siletz tribes, plus the Civil Liberties Defense Center and other supporting organizations, will be participating in what they describe as a “lively demonstration” that will feature speakers and art  at 12:30 pm in Vogel Plaza in downtown Medford, Oregon.

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“Fifty multicultural youth leaders will gather in a lively demonstration in downtown Medford, Oregon for climate and racial justice by marching to U.S. Senators Merkley and Wyden’s offices,” said Malea Goza, Youth Justice Leader. “The activists have gathered at the Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp for the past week and are now marching with their message. They are using posters and various forms of art to convey their rising concerns for their future in relation to the Jordan Cove Energy Project (JCEP), which includes the installment of the LNG pipeline.”

Goza said the LNG pipeline is threatening the lives of future generations by “increasing the disastrous effects of climate change.”

“This pipeline will travel under more than 400 bodies of water, and will negatively affect Indigenous Tribes from the Klamath Basin and other communities living along the 232 mile-long pipeline route,” said Carter Costello, Youth Justice Leader. “The pipeline project would poison rivers, desecrate cultural sites, and become the largest source of climate pollution in Oregon. Historically and currently, communities of color are disproportionately disregarded and forced to suffer, while white-owned corporations reap the profits?”

Malea Goza, Youth Justice Leader, 541-521-4711
Carter Costello, Youth Justice Leader, 707-954-6398

About the Author

Dan Bacher is an environmental journalist in Sacramento who focuses on California's water issues, a healthy environment for the salmon fishery of the Northwest, and the attempts by big agriculture and big oil to hog all the water.