If you visit the University of Oregon this week, you may spot a tree dweller 70 feet off the ground, protesting climate change.
Off University and 13th Avenue, a lone activist calls for environmental justice from a high platform.
“That’s our friend, Robi, she has been here since 3 o’clock in the morning. And she plans to be there as long as she needs to be.”
“Clearcutting is dangerous because it provides a lot of area for shrub-land, and that shrub-land is very easily combustible," says activist Simon Rosenthal.
"Unlike the natural, big old forests which are very fire resistant. So it just makes it way easier for fires to start, as well as spread.”
There is pushback. A group called Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities calls the Thurston Hills dispute a “manufactured controversy,” while President Trump continues to dismiss scientific concerns on climate change.
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