In less than a week, Tim DeChristopher will be heading to court, facing up to 10 years in jail for his act of nonviolent, civil disobedience.


Since December of 2008 when he bid up prices at a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction, DeChristopher has become one of the key players in the climate change movement, rallying his troops to push for real change, and the same goes for his impending trial.

I’m excited to see all the organizing going on around the trial. It remains to be seen whether the legacy of my action will inspire empowerment and resistance or fear and obedience, and that question will mainly be answered outside the courthouse rather than inside of it. -Tim DeChristopher

So what can you do?

  • Get educated. Learn more about Tim’s act of civil disobedience and why it’s been such a big deal. Grist put together a great synopsis article this week, and Tim’s own website Bidder 70 is also an excellent source of information.
  • Help tell Tim’s story. Gage & Gage Productions is raising money to fund a documentary to tell Tim’s story. Take part here.
  • Take action. Peaceful Uprising is organizing a variety of events on February 28 to allow people to stand with Tim and speak up in support of his actions. If you’re not in Salt Lake City, you can host a solidarity action locally.

Editor’s Note: We will be providing continuing coverage of Tim DeChristopher and his trial. Please check back for updates.