11/20/17 Update: Leonard Higgins, the “valve turner” who shut down a tar sands pipeline in Montana last year, was found guilty of a felony charge on Wednesday. The judge refused the necessity defense and he was barred from mentioning climate change during his trial. His sentencing is scheduled for January 2, 2018. Below are his comments after the trial.
Leonard Higgins speaks in detail how “The Work That Reconnects” (initiated by Joanna Macy) was crucial in transitioning him out of climate despair and into real action — action that he describes as being surprisingly “blissful.”