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Best Way To Find A 420 Doctor in 2019

Following the outlawing of marijuana(MJ) in most states in the US, Canada & Uruguay, the medical relevance of this much-needed drug continues to soar. It’s no more news that this golden herb holds the solution to many medical conditions and we can only expect it to become even more relevant as we go on. Unfortunately, however, the clear coast still has bricks on its shore, for example, access to quality and trusted MJ isn’t a walk in the park for most patients. In a bid to ensure the right sourcing is done, people are forced to often chase the option of getting a Medical Marijuana card – A laborious process in itself. This becomes even much more complicated if you are resident in states where the therapeutic benefits of Cannabis are yet to be established or accepted. On top of this, in a number of states, particularly the conservative ones, it’s been noticed that the MJ prescribing apathy is quite visible amongst Medical Professionals.

Matter of fact is; the ease or difficulty in finding a 402 Doctor within close proximity may largely depend on where you live. For certain non-conservative states, obtaining a medical marijuana card, which is the very first thing to do, is somewhat similar to requesting a pill for a common cold. That might have been a stretch though. For other states, like Georgia, however, you may find pulling out your nose hair a much easier venture.

420 Doctor

In this article, we aim to unravel the process involved, making it much easier for you to find a weed Doctor near you, regardless of your residence. If your aim is to find a marijuana Doctor near you and get the recommendation necessary to purchase weed from a nearest dispensary, you should exhaustively read up this article.

One common occurrence that could make you grit your teeth is this. Imagine after surfing desperately through the internet, you finally find a marijuana Doctor and initiated discussion to pay your non-refundable consultation fee, which is usually the next line of action before further discussions are opened. Shortly after payment, you are informed that the state in which you Live has a list of medical conditions that are strictly the only certified conditions to be treated with Medical Marijuana. Check to be sure, depending on your state, that your medical condition qualifies for one to be treated. qualifying-conditions-for-medical-marijuana-by-state

This is so critically important because on many occasions, patients who successfully discover a 402 doctor and then go in for a consultation, discover that the ailments for which they visited aren’t on the list. This can surely make you dig your nails deep into your palms.

If however, you are resident in liberal states such as New York, California, or Nevada, Bravo! Right off the bat, I can tell you that you could be able to speak with a Doctor online and your medical weed recommendation you may receive in a couple of minutes.

(You want to rummage past this Pile of guidance and get onto it right away?

These new online telemedicine services in these states are quick, reliable, and convenient, and there are numerous positive feedbacks from patients who have used them to receive their MMJ license in the same day as their consultation.

The process may be a little more engaging for people living in other states, but as stated above; you could use the most convenient way to find a medical marijuana doctor nearby.

Another very key information to have on you before you hop online to search ‘marijuana doctor near me’ is what you’ll actually need before you head in for your consultation visit or your online telemedicine consultation as the case may be.

For example, it’s important that you understand the general conditions required for application and usage of medical marijuana in all states that offer an MMJ program. Below are some:

  1. You must be 18 or older.
  2. You should hold a valid proof of ID from the state in which you are going to apply for medical marijuana.
  3. Must have a qualifying medical condition as listed in your specific state (see details in the link above).

Also, it’s crucial to understand that in most instances – even if you’re getting your MMJ recommendation online – you’ll need to have access to your complete medical history and records.

Usually, all you need to do to achieve Number 4 requirement is as simple as contacting your general practitioner’s office and requesting your records be released either to you or to the marijuana doctor who’ll be conducting your evaluation. If your doctor’s office is putting up trouble about accessing your medical records, be advised that they are required by law to allow you access to a copy of your complete medical history. If they tell you otherwise, let them know you are aware of the Federal Privacy Law – individuals/medical-records/index.html that guarantees your access to your own records.

This is important to do before you search for a medical marijuana doctor near you, as any healthcare practitioner will need to have access to your complete history before they can issue you your MMJ recommendation.

Naturally, this is because the evaluating cannabis doctor has to verify that you qualify for medical marijuana treatment, as per your state’s list of qualifying conditions. And of course, if you are planning on using an online medical marijuana recommendation, you will need that the records be scanned and sent to you digitally.

With that in mind, it is absolutely crucial to use a reliable service, as certain states do not allow for the use of telemedicine and are cracking down on “online 420 doctors” who are handing out marijuana recommendations flippantly. If you need convenient and quick help, find a doctor on veriheal.…

WECC at Rio+20 Earth Summit

The Rio+20 Earth Summit was the largest conference in the history of the United Nations with over 50,000 participants. Yet, the size of the gathering did nothing to transform the great loss of opportunity for governments to generate agreements and action plans that would truly usher in a sustainable future. Governments primarily met at Rio to protect their narrow interests instead of setting forth bold actions and ambitious goals required for a world living on the brink of dangerous ecological tipping points. Fortunately, the weak results from the negotiations are only one part of the story coming out of Rio.

In the midst of the failure of governments to respond to what scientists are telling us we need to do to protect our earth and care for future generations, Rio held many opportunities of inspiration and promise for the thousands of activists, clean energy entrepreneurs, mayors and civil society organizations, who went there to meet, strategize and mobilize for building a future we really want.

At the Rio+20 Earth Summit the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) was honored to host a powerful UN Side Event, entitled “Women Leading the Way: Mobilizing for an Equitable, Resilient and Thriving Future”. The event highlighted women worldwide as innovators and agents of change in mitigating and adapting to climate change and environmental degradation, while also demonstrating a way forward with cross-sector and cross-cultural solutions from the grassroots up. Speakers included Vandana Shiva, Marina Silva, Sheyla Jurana, Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Sylvia Earle and Ted Turner. The event focused on how we can empower a rights-based approach to sustainability and climate change solutions in order to respect Women’s rights, Indigenous rights and Nature’s rights.

Our co-hosts were Instituto Democracia e Sustentabilidade (IDS), Pathways to Peace and eraGlobal Alliance and we are deeply grateful for their support, energy and commitment to Mother Earth, women’s leadership and future generations.

Women Leading the Way served as the official launch of the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative (IWECI).

The event received great responses including from the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison saying: Women Leading the Way “was the best event we had…”

We also received mention from Kosha Joubert who blogs for The Findhorn Foundation “ The high point of all the events I’ve visited so far: Women Leading the Way with a panel of Vandana Shiva, environmental activist and founder of Navdanya, a women’s movement for the protection of biological and cultural diversity; Marina Silva, who at the age of 36 became the youngest senator in the history of Brazil and Environmental Minister during President Lula’s administration; Sheyla Juruna, indigenous leader from the Xingu Basin of the Brazilian Amazon….Vandana Shiva’s comment: “I am not depressed with the text because I did not come here for another text. I came here for solidarity. No text can capture the force of life.” Sheyla Juruna said: “Sustainability cannot grow out of a destructive approach.” The women agree that we are facing a crisis of civilization.”

WECC President Osprey Orielle Lake’s opening remarks at the UN Side Event:

 

Welcome everyone to our event, Women Leading the Way: Mobilizing for an Equitable, Resilient and Thriving Future.

My name is Osprey Orielle Lake and I am President of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus. Thank you all so much for coming and I want to extend my special appreciation to our distinguished presenters. I also want to thank the entire staff of IDS and Pathways To Peace for all their tremendous efforts in organizing this event with us.

One of the most important things we can do while in Rio is to remember why we are here beyond all of our well-planned agendas. For this reason our program today will begin by directly honoring women and our earth and specifically the land of Brazil where we now stand. Please help me welcome two of the thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, Maria Alice Freire from Brazil and Mona Polacca from Turtle Island, the indigenous name for the US.

We are acknowledging the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Summit here in Rio, and because of this, I want to recall the wisdom of many women leaders from that historic gathering in 1992. Women from around the world composed a document called, “The Women’s Action Agenda for a Healthy Planet.”

It starts with a common vision on the interaction between the life-giving capacity of the Earth and women’s shared concerns. It begins: “We, women of many nations, cultures and creeds, of different colors and classes, have come together to voice our concern for the health of our living planet and all its interdependent life forms. As long as Nature and women are abused by a so-called “free market” ideology and wrong concepts of “economic growth,” there can be no environmental security”.

Twenty years after the first Rio Summit, unfortunately, we still urgently need to heed these same words–Yet, we know the agreements now being negotiated here are, in fact, weak and do not live up to the urgency of the current economic, environmental and climate crises.

We also know that there have been efforts to delete hard won references to rights and equity in the text, including previously agreed human rights language. As women’s organizations stated in an intervention leading up to the Rio Earth Summit — “Governments should not waste time bracketing our rights! INSTEAD, they should be spending time IMPLEMENTING them!”

We hope that all of our efforts here, from the many sectors and from the parallel People’s Summit, will shake up the process. Of course, while we offer our hope, sadly we are not holding our breath for an ambitious outcome document.

The Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus, along with our many civil society and social movement allies, are not waiting. We can’t afford to wait.

I believe we are not in a crisis because we can’t find solutions. We are in a crisis because we are not implementing solutions already here (from solar, wind and geothermal technologies to eco-cities, agro-ecology, permaculture and new cultural and economic indicators): and this is precisely where women can make all the difference.

Women are key to solutions:
Women are responsible for half of the world’s food production and produce between 60-80% of the food in most developing countries. Women provide 65% of household food production in Asia; 70-80% in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Women standing together with our male allies are envisioning a world where women , especially those growing our food, no longer own less then 1% of land and wealth.

When women farmers are empowered, we will see food security. And we fully support La Via Campesina and Navadnya in their tremendous efforts.

Women in North America determine 80% of all consumer purchases. Imagine with us how that market power can be mobilized to significantly reduce carbon emissions through the application of purchasing choices and demands on the market. We are also demanding an end to fossil fuel subsidies.

Empowering women is essential: Studies show that whether we look to the developed or developing world, when you empower women thru jobs and education some very important things happen: economies improve, populations stabilize and health improves—all of these are key to the foundation of sustainability solutions.

Companies do business better and nations govern better, when women comprise 30 per cent of the leadership. Can you imagine if we raise that to 50 per cent? And, women’s decision-making has important implications for climate change. A study of 130 countries found that countries with higher female parliamentary representation are more prone to ratify international environmental treaties.

I could go on, the point is, there is an enormous opportunity to engage women worldwide in solutions.

This is our time, women can’t afford to wait, and the world can’t afford to wait to empower women.

Let’s remember the power of the Chip-ko movement where women save entire forests, the Suffrage movement, the Rural Women’s movement and the Liberian Women’s Peace Movement. There is a profound way women create an unstoppable force when we are united together.

Women around the world are calling for system change. And for that we need a rights-based approach to solutions: Women’s rights, Indigenous rights and Nature’s rights.

Today the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus, with our partner eraGlobal Alliance, is launching the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative –IWECI– and we welcome you to join us in this exciting work.

We are mobilizing a powerful global network of women stakeholders in climate change– to support actions from the grassroots to the halls of decision-making. Next year, we are organizing a cross-sector and cross-cultural world gathering of 100 women leaders with an outreach to thousands of women, men and allied organizations who are already engaged in climate solutions.

As our friend, Bill McKibben of 350.org recently said “We’ll never get the solutions we need—the solutions everyone has known about for two decades—unless we build the movement first.”
We are launching our initiative now because of the great urgency of climate change! Global warming trends are causing extreme havoc on our planet and the door to closing a rise of 2 degrees Celsius is quickly coming upon us. In 2010, scientists estimated that upwards of 300,000 people died worldwide because of extreme weather events like flooding and droughts, with over 200 million people directly affected or displaced, and more than $100 billion in damages. If climate change continues unchecked, this translates into tens of millions of climate displaced people; food shortages due to flooding, drought, and fires; and rising sea levels just to name a few of the nightmares we are facing.

No, we cannot afford to wait for governments or any other institutions.

We also cannot ignore the historical and interrelated destructive treatment of both women and nature in our current dominator model of societies. In our organization, we are asking: how do we re-orient the dominant, industrialized societies so that they pursue human-well-being in a manner that contributes to the health of our Mother Earth instead of undermining it?

We women are calling for new economic indicators not based on GDP or endless material growth, such as Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Index.

We are calling for laws to protect our earth and all species– and because of this –the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus is strongly advocating for earth laws: Rights of Nature, Rights of Mother Earth and the eradication of ecocide. Rights of Nature laws provide a foundation and framework for the deep systemic change we know is necessary.

Earth laws recognize the inherent meaning, sacredness and value of the natural world: that which is not tradable or subject to commerce. Indigenous communities have been demonstrating this worldview for thousands of years, and, to this end, in order to truly protect our Earth, we must stop the commodification and financialization of nature.

We must stop treating our rivers, forests and mountains as property.

And now, more than ever, as we face climate change, it is time to raise our ambitions to the level that science and the natural world demands. We are exceeding 3 of 9 planetary boundaries –climate change; bio-diversity loss; changes to the nitrogen cycle. Our economy is dangerously disconnected from our ecosystems upon which our lives depend and it must be said that we reject a false green economy.

Lastly, we need to look not only to the historic events here at Rio +20 but to the immediate critical years ahead. Friends and colleagues, we know we are in a small window of opportunity to arrest the worst affects of climate change and environmental demise.

In this great era of potential peril or promise depending on the choices we make now, it is time to listen to the voices of women and nature.

It is time to respect and protect the astonishing beauty and diversity of life on our Earth Mother and to realize we are in fact inseparable from nature…we are nature.”
~ Osprey Orielle Lake, June 19, 2012

WOMEN’S MAJOR GROUP

In addition to the Women Leading the Way event, WECC was very engaged with the United Nations Women’s Major Group as one of the Steering Committee Members, involved in following the text and providing interventions.

WECC was deeply honored to be working side by side with so many dedicated and brilliant women leaders. The Women’s Major Group (WMG), representing 200 civil society women’s organizations from all around the world, was a strong force for bold action in every sphere of the negotiations. The WMG worked ceaselessly for the needs of women and held a demonstration at RioCentro, the main conference center. We believe that the governments of the world have failed both women and future generations. Bur, our work will continue long after Rio. Please see our final statement on the outcomes of Rio+20 — Rio+20: From the Future We Want to the Future We Need – here.

The Women’s Major Group (WMG) is facilitated by three Organizing Partners – Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), Voices of African Mothers (VAM), and Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN). It is supported by core members including, the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA), Global Forest Coalition, and Women’s Environment Development Organization (WEDO).

WOMEN HEADS OF STATE

WECC was also honored to attend a high-level session with women Heads of State at Rio+20. A Call to Action was issued by women Heads of State and Government, including concrete policy recommendations on integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment in all sustainable development frameworks.
Please see this link for the Call to Action.

RIGHTS OF NATURE

Our allies at Global Exchange presented a Rights of Nature report at Rio +20 thanks to the good work of Shannon Biggs. Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus is a contributing author to the report, which was presented at a UN Side-Event hosted by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature.

Additionally, Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus and leaders from the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature held a side event at the People’s Summit. Between the 15th and the 23rd of June the People’s Summit for Social and Environmental Justice was held in Rio +20 at Flamengo Park, in Rio de Janeiro. The global civil society, organizations, collectives and social movements proposed a new way of living on the planet, in solidarity against the commodification of nature and in defense of the commons. Details here.

It is important to note that there was some good news in the final UN Outcome Document for Earth Laws. Paragraph 39 included the wording “the rights of nature”:

“We recognize that the planet Earth and its ecosystems are our home and that Mother Earth is a common expression in a number of countries and regions and we note that some countries recognize the rights of nature in the context of the promotion of sustainable development. We are convinced that in order to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environment needs of present and future generations, it is necessary to promote harmony with nature.”

That said, sadly, a call to end subsidies for fossil fuels was removed from the final text and there were no commitments to address climate change.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Over five hundred Indigenous Peoples from Brazil and from around the world gathered at Kari-Oca II, a gathering near the UN negotiations, to sign a declaration demanding respect for Indigenous Peoples’ role in maintaining a truly sustainable future in harmony with Mother Earth. Their strength and beauty rippled out from their base -of -the-mountain encampment. WECC stands in solidarity with our Indigenous sisters and brothers. Please see their story and declaration here:

WECC was deeply touched by words of wisdom from 11 year old Ta’Kaiya Blaney from the Sliammon First Nation , Canada at our Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus event in Rio +20. Here she is (video thanks to Shannon Biggs).…

Women of the Land Speak: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Tar Sands to Renewables

The Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus sent a delegation to D.C. and hosted an event on February 17th titled Women of the Land Speak: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Tar Sands to Renewables.

Women Speaking Truth to Oil

Women of the Land Carry Their Fight Against the Keystone XL Pipeline and for Climate and Energy Sanity to Washington DC

On an icy cold morning in February in Washington DC, Eleanor Fairchild was speaking to a camera crew near the Capitol Mall. “I wasn’t originally against the Tar Sands, I didn’t even know about the Tar Sands!” exclaimed the 78 year old diminutive but feisty Texas rancher. “I just wanted to stop this pipeline from destroying my land.”

“However,” she continued, “once I realized what this was all about, that the pipeline was connected to the Tar Sands and that it was not only threatening my land, but also thousands of people and their lands and lives in Canada, I had to speak out. I had to join the fight! Now I’m in it to stay.”

Ms. Fairchild not only spoke out, but in 2012, she put her body between a bulldozer and her land in Texas, and went to jail for “trespassing on her own land” along with actor Darryl Hannah who was arrested supporting Ms. Fairchild in her direct action.

Eleanor Fairchild was only one member of a delegation to Washington, DC of powerful, articulate and seriously committed women organized by the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) of Mill Valley, California with the support of the Indigenous Environmental Network and 350.org. The delegation, entitled “Women of the Land” centered around five women living in land-centered communities impacted by the devastation of the Canadian Tar Sands development and along the path of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline through the United States.

The women’s delegation came to Washington DC for Presidents’ Day weekend to join 50,000 others at the “Forward on Climate Rally” organized by the Sierra Club, 350.org, the Hip Hop Caucus and 150+ partner organizations including WECC, and to present their case in detail to the public in a Sunday evening event following the rally and at the US EPA the following Tuesday morning.

Crystal Lameman, a member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation of Canada – another member of the Women of the Land Delegation – is a leading campaigner in opposition to further development of the Tar Sands. She was one of only a very few featured speakers at the climate rally under the shadow of the Washington Monument. Her commanding voice brought the thousands present on the Capitol Mall to silence as she told a story of acres and acres of destroyed wilderness, continuing impacts on wildlife – devastating to their indigenous subsistence cultures – and increasing cancers, asthma and disease amongst their children and communities.

Speaking to the rally about Trans Canada’s claim that they will clean up the restore the land after the development is done, Lameman said: “Don’t be fooled by their idea of what reclamation is,” she said. “We can’t eat money and we can’t drink oil.”

The core group of five delegates from impacted communities, also included, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta who has been working as an advocate for Indigenous rights for the past 10 years and has recently joined Greenpeace as a tar sands climate & energy campaigner, Julia Trigg Crawford, who, as Farm Manager of her family’s 650 acre working farm in far northeast Texas, is living directly in the path of the TransCanada’s Gulf Coast Pipeline, She and her family have stood steadfastly united for the protection of their property rights and the preservation of the environment, and Kandi Mossett of North Dakota who represented the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN). Mossett is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara origins and works as a Native Energy & Climate Campaign Organizer for IEN.

Both Lameman’s tribe (the Beaver Lake Cree) and Crawford’s family are in the courts, in Canada and the US respectively, challenging 19,000 Tar Sands oil development permits on tribal treaty lands (Canada) and TransCanada’s condemnation of private property for pipeline construction (US).

The delegation was primarily coordinated by Osprey Orielle Lake, Founder and President of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus. Lake, who was also in Washington, works with grassroots leaders, policy-makers, business people, and scientists to promote resilient communities and foster a post-carbon energy future by addressing systemic change.

Also in Washington and coordinating the delegation’s meeting with the US Environmental Protection agency was Janet MacGillivray Wallace, Esq., an environmental attorney and social change activist. Janet, formerly an attorney with the EPA, is of Creek heritage, and has recently dedicated her work to stopping the tar sands based Keystone XL Pipeline, first with Texas landowners and now as Founder/Director of the Fossil Fuel Resistance affiliated with the WECC.

She is also co-producing a documentary film about the battle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and was in Washington with a film crew following the members or the Women of the Land Delegation.

After two bone-chilling hours at the rally, all 50,000 in attendance marched around the White House, led by the rally speakers and the indigenous delegation, including Lameman, Maboucan-Massimo and Mossett. Following the March, the indigenous delegation returned to the rally stage and led a round dance for thousands in the field below the Monument in solidarity with the Idle No More indigenous rights movement.

That evening, the entire Women of the Land delegation gathered together at WECC’s post rally event at Busboys and Poets Restaurant and Bookstore in DC. The power of the indigenous presentation at the rally earlier that day (along with Lameman’s invitation to all 50,000 people present!) drew a standing room only crowd of 200 or more.

The program, entitled “Women of the Land Speak: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Tar Sands to Renewables” was moderated by Orielle-Lake and included heart-wrenching visual presentations by Lameman, and Massimo-Laboucan about the devastation to their peoples and their traditional lands from the Canada Tar Sands development and their communities’ efforts to bring the project to a halt.

Lake opened the evening on behalf stating that “The Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus is committed to bringing together voices and actions of women dedicated to stopping climate change and providing sustainability solutions.” She added, “We have a special mission to ensure that women working on the frontlines are heard!”

Fairchild and Crawford reported about their valiant struggles in Texas to defend their lands and stop the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in their communities. They both told of how their fight began locally but now has gone beyond their own backyards to fighting the entire Tar Sands/Keystone related developments. Crawford summed it up: “To hear about the magnitude of devastation to Melina and Crystal’s lands is gut wrenching, and I feel my fight for my family farm pales in comparison to theirs. I haven’t seen the poisoned water……yet. I haven’t seen the sick and dying animals…..yet. And THIS is why I fight, to ensure these atrocities don’t happen to my land and to my family and to stop the desecration of theirs.”

The audience also heard a rounding endorsement of the women’s campaigns from Bill Mc Kibben, founder of 350.org, a co-sponsor of the evening’s event, well-known indigenous rights activist and former Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Winona La Duke, and renewable energy development hero and former head of the Tennessee Valley Authority, S. David Freeman, (who led the transformation of the Rancho Seco nuclear power plant in California to a solar facility) and who made a compelling case for the immediate transition to conservation, efficiency and 100% renewable energy.

The standing-room only crowd, in rapt attention the entire evening, asked numerous questions and offered their enthusiastic support for stopping the Tar Sands. However, at the night drew on, one woman asked a deeper question to the women: “How do you deal with the grief for your lands and communities?”

It brought silence to the room until Massimo-Laboucan responded“Grief? I don’t have time to grieve. I have to keep moving forward.” Lameman acknowledged it was exactly the same for her – there was no time to stop, the crisis was too urgent and stopping to grieve might derail their progress. And yet, at that very moment, in the face of 200 sympathetic people, in fact, they were overcome with the moment and the tears rolled without hesitation.

Forming a circle of support with all of the women present on the stage, the audience was called to a standing witness in silence and in solidarity with the women and their fight, with the fight we all are facing.

After three or four moments of powerful silence, Casey Camp, (Ponca) an indigenous actress, comedian and activist from Oklahoma, who had also spoken to the rally earlier in the day was invited to speak to the audience. She thanked them for their support for the ongoing struggle. She lightened the mood with gentle humor and closed the evening with a challenge to everyone to do everything they can to support all of the Women of the Land they had heard from that evening. The mood of commitment was tangible as the audience streamed back out into the chilly DC night.

Re-energized and rested, the delegation regrouped for a strategy session on Monday afternoon in the Mitsitam Café at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian where they planned their presentations for a formal sit-down on Tuesday morning the 19th of February with officials at the US Environmental Protection Agency’s office of International and Tribal Affairs organized by Janet Mac Gillivray Wallace together with WECC and the Indigenous Environmental Network.

Early on Tuesday morning, accompanied by Crawford’s and Wallace’s daughters as observers, the group made their way back to the Capitol Mall’s Ronald Reagan building, only steps away from where they had rallied in the cold on Sunday.

At the EPA, the delegation was received by four members of the EPA staff – three from the Office of International and Tribal Affairs and one from the NEPA compliance section who has been reviewing the Keystone XL Pipeline environmental impact statements coming from the State Department. The session was led and facilitated by Women of the Land delegation member Kandi Mossett.

Over the course of two hours, all five key women – two from Texas and two from Canada – one from the US spoke passionately of their first hand experience with the environmental and public health nightmare and community disruption imposed by the Tar Sands and Keystone Pipeline developments. They sought assistance and guidance from the EPA on how to better test for impacts, and asked for means of relief from the proposed developments.

While it was evident that the final decision rested within the US State Department (for the Pipeline) and the Canadian government (for the continuation of the Tar Sands), the meeting was informative and productive with everyone leaving with a better understanding of what avenues could still be pursued (and where they could be pursued) to demand the end to these dirty and destructive developments. The women made it especially clear that all of them, like Eleanore Fairchild, did not see these struggles as merely local battles for their particular corner of the planet, but also as a collective campaign to save all life on earth from runaway carbon emissions from unnecessary fossil fuel developments.

After three long days of giant rallies and marches, smaller events and an even smaller meeting, Crawford summed up her experience: “The big ‘Forward on Climate’ rally was incredible and inspirational, but it was the small, more personal moments like we experienced at Busboys & Poets, the EPA, and one-on-one conversations that made the greatest impression on me.”

As they walked back out on to the Capitol Mall, it was absolutely clear that the Women of the Land – from indigenous, farming and ranching communities – will continue to speak out and to take the lead to stop the “slow industrial genocide” of the largest industrial project on Earth. From Northern Alberta, which is ground zero with over 20 corporations operating in the tar sands sacrifice zone, to Texas where the XL Keystone pipeline is under construction, the Women of the Land are just beginning to fight.…