Tim DeChristopher, Climate Activist

Tim DeChristopher wearing t-shirt that says, "This is what love looks like."Co-leading worship on March 6: “Facing Fear, Confronting Change

Tim DeChristopher disrupted an illegitimate Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction in December of 2008, by posing as Bidder 70 and outbidding oil companies for parcels around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah.

For his act of civil disobedience, DeChristopher was sentenced to two years in federal prison. Held for a total of  21 months, his imprisonment earned him an international media presence as an activist and political prisoner of the United States government.  He has used this as a platform to spread the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for bold, confrontational action in order to create a just and healthy world.  Tim used his prosecution as an opportunity to organize the climate justice organization Peaceful Uprising in Salt Lake City, and most recently founded the Climate Disobedience Center.

He continues the work to defend a livable future.  Learn more about Tim’s story at http://www.timdechristopher.org/about.

Tim will return to Portland, OR, in April for the 2016 Sewell Lecture: Speaking of Justice, “Wielding the Power of Vulnerability.” His lecture on April 7 will be at 7 p.m., followed by a workshop on April 9 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to First Unitarian Portland.

Bidder 70 – Trailer from Gage & Gage Productions on Vimeo.

The Intent of Civil Disobedience