Tim has been an inspiration to me since I first heard about his act of civil disobedience in December. I was so impressed to get to know him better as I introduced him and what he stands for to some of my colleagues at the Outdoor Industry Winter Market in January. To me the strategy of his defense team is brilliant. I think it has the potential to be for climate change as the Scopes trail was to evolution. Now here’s a l little update I just got from Tim. I hope you’ll join me in supporting him, if not financially, then perhaps by helping spread his story to others. I think it’s THAT important.
A Word From Tim DeChristopher
Over the past six months since I disrupted the BLM oil and gas auction, I have received a huge amount of support in many different forms from around the world. Some of you have supported me financially, some helped spread my story, and many of you have given me kind words of encouragement. I have deeply appreciated this support, and it has paid off in several ways. After the fraudulence of the December 19th auction was exposed, most of land on which I bid has been at least temporarily protected from oil drilling. On June 12th, the BLM withdrew their demand for $81,000 from me. I believe all of this was made possible by the public outcry all of you helped to create over my case.
As the criminal case against me proceeds, I now have the opportunity for a much bigger impact. My legal team and I will be arguing that my actions were justified by the moral imperative of stopping catastrophic climate change. With the help of some of the worldâ€™s most respected climatologists, we will be proving in the courtroom that climate change is a real and serious threat to my future. This can set a vital legal precedent for our responsibility to ensure a livable future for our children. Dr. James Hanson has recently said that legal battles may be our best strategy for creating the paradigm shift we need to address the climate crisis. This is especially relevant now that Congress has made it clear with the Waxman-Markey bill that they will continue putting the interests of the fossil fuel industry ahead of my generation.
To make this case as effectively as possible, I need your support. My excellent attorneys, Patrick Shea, Ron Yengich, and Liz Hunt, are volunteering their time, but they estimate expenses for legal research, depositions and witnesses to exceed $100,000. Iâ€™m learning firsthand that the quality of our justice system is based on the finances of the defendant.
Please send a donation today and pass this message on to all the people you know who care about the climate crisis. I believe it is so crucial for this trial to face a jury that I have chosen to risk imprisonment by refusing any plea bargains. Whether you can donate $70 or $7, your support is critical in making this a landmark case that turns the tides in our struggle for a livable future.
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