In 2008 Tim DeChristopher grabbed national attention when he disrupted an oil and gas auction. It was a calculated act of civil disobedience, for which he was charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with a federal felony and served 21 months in prison. DeChristopher was released in April.

In this exclusive interview with InsideClimate News before he was sentenced, DeChristopher explains why crossing legal boundaries became a necessary part of his environmental activism; why civil disobedience is so effective; and how the climate change movement in American can make progress.

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