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.
"I was surprised by the verdict, but very disappointed that I wasn't allowed a necessity defense, and that I wasn't allowed to talk about climate change as it related to my state of mind. When I tried to talk about why I did what I did I was silenced."
Posted by Shut It Down – Climate Direct Action on Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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.”