Stephen D’Arcy, Tony Weis & Toban Black

Stephen D’Arcy

Stephen D’Arcy is an associate professor and chair in the Department of Philosophy at Huron University College. He is the author of Languages of the Unheard: The Ethics of Militant Protest (Between the Lines). He is also a climate justice and economic democracy activist.

Tony Weis

Tony Weis is an associate professor in Geography at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of The Global Food Economy: The Battle for the Future of Farming and The Ecological Hoofprint: The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock (both with Zed Books).

Toban Black

Toban Black is a community organizer and a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Western Ontario, with research focused on environmental justice, the political economy of energy systems, and theories of social change.


A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice

A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice

SKU: 9781629630397
Editors: Joshua Kahn, Stephen D’Arcy, Tony Weis, Toban Black • Foreword by Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629630397
Published: 9/2014
Format: Paperback, ePub, mobi, PDF
Size: 9 x 6
Page count: 392
Subjects: Politics-Activism/Nature-Environment


“They (Crass) sowed the ground for the return of serious anarchism in the early eighties.” –Jon Savage, England’s Dreaming

“The tar sands has become a key front in the fight against climate change, and the fight for a better future, and it’s hard to overstate the importance of the struggles it has inspired.”
—Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben

“Avoiding ‘game over for climate’ requires drawing a line in the tar sands sludge. A Line in the Tar Sands makes clear why and how this tar sands quagmire could be the beginning of the end for the mighty fossil fuel industry.”
—Dr. James Hansen, NASA

“From Indigenous people’s sharing of prophecy, to lock-downs and blockades, from marches to hip-hop tours, from horseback rides to hunger strikes, and from mass arrests in front of the White House and Parliament to court battles, A Line in the Tar Sands examines the ongoing struggle to protect Sacred Water and Mother Earth through the voices and actions of the people who are living it. Read A Line in the Tar Sands and be heartbroken to learn the extent of the destruction of Mother Earth. Be inspired by the people working to stop the destruction.”
—Debra White Plume, Moccasins on the Ground, Owe Aku International

“The most important stories in the tar sands struggle are hidden by the media. This revelatory book tells of Canadian duplicity, Chinese capital, migrant workers, healing ceremonies, movement reflection and strategy, EU lobbying, the contradictions of NGO politics, Indigenous activism, and much more. The story of Greenhouse Goo is global. But so it its resistance: beautiful, complex, and rich. A Line in the Tar Sands is drawn with hope and righteous anger, celebrating the cosmologies that the tar sands industry—and its politicians—would destroy.”
—Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved

“This collaborative effort not only details the insanity of tar sands development, it also shines a light on the Indigenous-led resistance movement challenging the fundamentally exploitative paradigm underlying extreme energy extraction. It provides a model of genuine solidarity in the fight to replace oppression with a healthy and just world.”
—Tim Dechristopher, Bidder 70

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