On Wednesday Nov. 22, a Fort Benton jury found Leonard Higgins guilty of felony mischief. Not only was Leonard prohibited by the judge, Daniel Boucher, from bringing witnesses to support a necessity defense, but he was not allowed to discuss climate change as his motivation for the action during his own testimony.
A mock trial of Leonard Higgins, Valve Turner, was held at the University Theater in Missoula last Saturday. The cast included Leonard and two of the other Valve Turners, three expert witnesses of different professions, and professional lawyers.
To Representative Ken Buck, Washington, DC
❝You quote a letter to the editor from an unknown person printed in an unnamed Colorado newspaper as the basis for your belief that climate direct actions such as ours promote violence.
Not so, and we would like to take this opportunity to explain directly to you why nonviolent climate direct action is the last resort in a desperate and necessary effort to avert catastrophic climate change.❞
This report is an authoritative assessment of the science of climate change, with a focus on the United States. It represents the first of two volumes of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, mandated by the Global Change Research Act of 1990.