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Mark Ruffalo Delivers Mobile Solar Trailers to Standing Rock Camps in Preparation for Harsh Winter


Cannon Ball, ND – In a show of kindness and solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux, actor Mark Ruffalo and Native Renewables founder Wahleah Johns presented Sioux tribal elders with mobile trailers equipped with solar collection arrays. The trailers provide a clean energy source for the protest encampment where over 500 Native American tribes have taken a stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline in the largest gathering of American Indians in modern history.

“This pipeline is a black snake that traverses four states and 200 waterways with fracked Bakken oil,” said Ruffalo, co-founder of The Solutions Project, a venture that works to transition society to clean and renewable energy.

“We know from experience that pipelines leak, explode, pollute and poison land and water. But it doesn’t have to be that way.”

The solar trailers will allow for medical tents and numerous other critical facilities to be powered with clean energy, and represent exactly the healthy/abundant future of energy for which the Standing Rock Sioux are currently fighting.

“Water is life,” said Johns, a Navajo leader. “By leading a transition to energy that is powered by the sun, the wind and water, we ensure a better future for all of our people and for future generations.”

According to a report by EcoWatch:

Johns’ company, Native Renewables, promotes low-cost clean energy solutions for Native American families throughout the U.S., with an emphasis on job creation and on benefiting the community as a whole. The trailers were built by members of the Navajo nation and were financed by Empowered by Light and Give Power.

Research led by Stanford Prof. Mark Jacobson, another Solutions Project co-founder, shows that it would be technically possible and economically beneficial to transition to 100 percent clean renewable energy in each and every state across the country. In North Dakota, for example, wind and solar energy would be the primary sources of clean power and transitioning to 100 percent renewables would create 30,000 jobs.

The reality of the situation is that the Standing Rock tribe is fighting to protect their source of clean water. The Dakota Access Pipeline puts the tribe’s clean water supply, as well as that of millions of others, in danger, as the pipeline is scheduled to go directly under the Missouri River.

The construction of the “black snake” marks the conglomeration of corporate/banking interests being elevated above that of the public interest. Furthermore, the ongoing construction has already desecrated sacred burial sites and cultural artifacts.

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“Around the world, more than 80 percent of the forests and lands with protected waterways and rich biodiversity are held by indigenous tribes. This is no coincidence,” Ruffalo said. “As so many of us suffer from polluted water, air and land in our rural and urban communities, the water defenders at Standing Rock are showing us another way.”

Imagine how you would respond if an oil pipeline was being dug through the cemetery where your grandparents and great grandparents were buried.

Mark Ruffalo taking a stand for the Standing Rock Sioux is a great example for all individuals, celebrity, and non-celebrity alike. Rather than simply donating some money to a cause, he has utilized his celebrity to bring much greater attention to the continued injustices being perpetrated against the Native American community.

It’s clear that Ruffalo has taken a page out of Gandhi’s book, and is “being the change he wishes to see in the world.”

Please share this inspiring human story — and take a stand for Standing Rock!

  • lolasmom1

    Not only a great actor, but clearly a great human being. THANK YOU!

    • nancy.walker

      Start making 90 bucks every day for working on the net from your home for few h every day… Get paid regularly weekly… Everything you need is a laptop or computer, internet connection, plus a little spare-time… http://ow.ly/n1nP303oO1A

      • Jim Barclay

        Nancy get this fucking crap out of here it just shows your lack of humanity when real life issues are happening you are trying to make a buck off it by posting in here. You are the lowest of lows. Scum

        • Charlie3

          Jim Barclay, I agree with you, but there really is no Nancy Walker. These things are computer generated and posted under randomly picked names.

          • Jim Barclay

            have to vent somehow

          • srcarruth

            we can only hope that when the computers become self-aware they learn shame

          • The Cat’s Vagina (Nasty Woman)

            Not to mention the photos of attractive young women that they steal off of social media sites and use without permission!

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          • The Cat’s Vagina (Nasty Woman)

            Block this cuntvirus (and that other one) so it can’t latch onto our comments and keep from being downvoted to the bottom!

  • T. Mohr

    Mark Ruffalo for President!

  • Phil Freeman

    Thank you Mark! My prayer smoke for all leaves my lips. A great awakening is set before us. The lesson comes, like as not.

  • Phil Freeman

    Mitakuye oyasin

  • skyp0ckets

    ‘Only when the last tree has been cut, the last fish has been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money. ‘

  • Big Horn Staredown

    I’m not even surprised this wasn’t brought up in the debate once. TFTP knows what’s up tho

  • IceTrey

    Except trains, which is how the oil WILL be moved, spill more oil than pipelines and are much more dangerous to the public. If these people really cared they would be pushing Thorium as our energy source.

    • Patrick Greene

      Thorium, Tidal Generators, Geo Thermal, Solar, Wind… yep…..

    • Kenneth Uhlman

      The Indians and the environment would be a lot better off if they had a pipeline from THEIR FRACKING oil wells on thee the Ft. Berthhold Indian Reservation.

      They could get FREE natural gas instead of flaring it into the atmosphere w/o a pipeline.

      The solar panels look pretty however they don’t put much out in a ND winter with little sunshine, snow covered panels and batteries don’t work well at -40°F/C.

      Three dog night!

    • The Cat’s Vagina (Nasty Woman)

      Actually, no. They spill more often than pipelines, but pipelines create much bigger disasters! https://thinkprogress.org/data-oil-trains-spill-more-often-but-pipelines-spill-bigger-9533009d4aba#.jib59onwm

  • Larua

    this is fantastic news, God Bless Mark.

  • Go big oil! Obama is a fraud puppet do nothing president.

  • eCharleen

    So, I hope it’s a sunny “harsh winter.”

  • Sillywilly

    This is a man who cares and isn’t afraid to put his money where his mouth is. Loved his movies too. Where are all the other Hollywood types? Twerking and giving BJ’s for Shillary.

  • sk

    power and greed as usual…fuck u obama pimp whore.

    • Charlie3

      sk Thank your for that critically thought out, thoroughly researched and delicately nuanced comment.

  • Patrick Greene

    That a Boy Mark!

  • Geri Hill

    Thank you, Mark! Awesome.

  • Michael A. Antrim

    If it’s the “National” Guard, doesn’t that mean they are Federal?! If it’s Federal, and Obama has asked the state to stop, can’t they just STOP IT?! Or is the “National” Guard not actually national and therefore, by extension, Federal?!

  • Anti512
  • Anti512

    look at a recent vote in the community for further proof that Fool
    Bear’s not the only naysayer. When protest organizers presented a
    request to build a new winter camp in Cannon Ball earlier this month,
    his community shot it down.
    Of the 88 people who voted, he says 66 were against the camp, less than 10 were for it and the rest remained undecided.” http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/29/us/dakota-pipeline-standing-rock-sioux/index.html

  • Rose Perea

    This is a stand of solidarity…this pipeline needs to be stopped.

  • Beezowdoodoo Zopittybopbopbop

    not many other actions deserve a firm and full of conviction: RESPECT!!

  • Azealia Vasquez

    Always thought that Mark was a great talent and now we know he’s also a fantastic human as well! Thank you Mark

  • Michael Fulps

    If you want to see how safe these pipelines are you only need to look to Alabama. A few weeks back we had a huge leak that affected gas prices across the U.S. and yesterday there was a pipeline explosion which started a forest fire in an already drought stricken area of Shelby County. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d8270209b6e1271044a4e59094dd472e76f787981e2d8e2175feb6c46eaa2889.jpg

  • Douglas Moose

    It’s much colder at night — when there’s no sun — and solar panels are rather useless! I bet there will be wood fires going at night making more greenhouse gases!

  • NEgirl

    That’s all fine and dandy but do you realize that there are a number of hazardous materials used in making solar panels, including hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, hydrogen fluoride, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, and acetone? Cleaning an oil spill that MIGHT happen or using a technology that REQUIRES hazardous chemicals such as acid to be built? There is no easy solution.

  • MattyD720

    “water wind and sun” comment made by the Navajo Leader. Double standard? Why, why not?

    The Navajo Council voted 17-5 on December 27 to approve Resolution No. CD-60-13 authorizing the purchase, and Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed it that same day. The $85 million deal, between the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, LLC (NTEC) and the mine’s former owner, BHP Billiton, allows production to continue at the mine beyond 2016, when BHP Billiton’s current lease expires. The international company wouldn’t have pursued an extension because it could no longer operate the Navajo Mine profitably
    Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/01/06/navajo-nation-coal-country-mine-sale-finalized-152981

  • Make sure to see the Spotlight movie he made !

  • Carfish

    Awesome & Inspirational💙