Why do we have to protect water? Why are so many of our youth taking their lives? Why are there so many Native people in prison? Why is it so hard to get ahead? To earn enough to support our families? To send them off to college with no financial concerns? Why are we still asking these same questions in 2017?Another great speech was from Bree Sutherland, an activist in the trans and queer community, who helped develop the Gender Expansion Project, which serves queer and transgender people across Montana and promotes inclusiveness in health care and in human rights. She said:
Teachers are also asking why. Yet they provide consistency, understanding, compassion and a love for learning so students can grow and thrive. And so every day we teachers go to work. We mentor. We console. We nurture. We encourage. We protect our students from grizzly bears.
I have seen national actions to ensure dignity and respect for all with employment, recognition of gender identity, regardless of what a birth certificate might suggest, and I have seen marriage equality, just to name a few of the tremendous victories which I have been privileged to witness.
While the last 8 years have been a time of many triumphs, it has also been a time where I, among many in my community, have experienced loss, defeat and grief.
"Stand up and help each other rise up. Rise to action. Stand beside me and become the reason we will not be driven backwards. Together we are strong, together we are one. We are the motion of today and the movement of tomorrow."
Montana groups seek fracking chemical disclosure:
Two environmental groups and a handful of landowners filed a lawsuit earlier this week to force the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation to require oil and gas drillers to disclose the fracking chemicals they use. (Courthouse News)
Why do some trees fend off mountain pine beetles?
YouTube personality and educator Hank Green interviews bark-beetle expert Diana Six, both of Missoula, to discuss how genetically adapted trees that resist infestations could be, as Six says, “the ace in the hole for the future.” (YouTube)
Montana tribes closer to managing Bison Range:
The Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will prepare a conservation plan for the National Bison Range, accompanied by an environmental impact statement, a step forward in the effort to transfer management of the wildlife refuge to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in northwest Montana. A lawyer for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which opposes the transfer and has sued to stop it, called the move a “desperate Hail Mary pass” ahead of Trump’s inauguration. (Missoulian)
For a couple of minutes, the bear sniffed around the hallway as about 10 students watched from one side and nervous staff members on the other.
The BSA has always been at the forefront of environmental awareness: You put out fires you build. You leave a campsite cleaner and better than when you found it. You respect wildlife and habitat. This is in addition to the cliche of helping elderly citizens cross a street—which isn’t a bad quality either, this idea that we should slow down and help one another.
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