In 2008, Tim DeChristopher was an average college student studying economics at the University of Utah, but then he walked into a BLM auction and bid $1.8 million on drillings rights to pristine public lands near Utah’s iconic national parks for which he never intended to pay. That bold act of disobedience catapulted DeChristopher into the spotlight, where he was celebrated by many as a new leader of climate change activism. Over the next several years, DeChristopher inspired rallies, formed the organization Peaceful Uprising and rose in prominence as he railed against destruction of wild places. He was also prosecuted by the federal government and, ultimately, served two years in prison for making false bids on energy leases. DeChristopher, who is the subject of the documentary Bidder 70 (Mountainfilm 2012), attends Harvard Divinity School and continues to speak about climate change.
- 2015 —
Symposium SpeakerDoes this even work?
- 2014 — Special Guest, Film Subject
- 2013 — Speaker, Special Guest
- 2011 —
Speaker, Special GuestTim was recently convicted by a federal court of making false bids on energy leases. His presence at Mountainfilm this May, a month before his scheduled sentencing, will certainly help galvanize festival audiences. Tim will speak not only about the urgency of addressing global climate change, but also about why non-violent civil disobedience is essential in these troubled times.
- 2010 —
Speaker, Special Guest, Film SubjectIn 2008, 27 year-old Tim DeChristopher went to a government auction intended for oil and gas companies to lease federal land for extraction. Asked if he was there to bid he said yes and he was handed a paddle for Bidder 70. This set off a chain of events that led to one of the most significant acts of civil disobedience on behalf of conservation and has left DeChristopher facing a federal trial on November 5.
- 2009 — Speaker, Film Subject