We thought you should know that as of today over 150 people, including 350.org co-founder Bill
McKibben, have been arrested at the White House.
Bill is just getting out of prison after spending 48 hours in a tiny cell — and
here in DC spirits are high and resolve is strengthening with each passing
hour. For the past three days, large groups of Americans have joined a
non-violent civil disobedience action at the White House. The goal is to send
President Obama a simple message: “Stop the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline.”
These protests will continue over the next two weeks — and what the
activists in DC need more than anything is the knowledge that there is a
massive global movement backing them up.
There are three ways that you can stand in
solidarity from wherever you are:
1. Sign the petition to President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline — we’ve already
rocketed past our initial goal of 35,000 signatures and are hoping to add as
many names as possible before we deliver it to White House officials on
2. Send in a solidarity message or photo to the people taking action at the White
3. Take part in Moving Planet — a worldwide climate rally on September 24 — and
move beyond all fossil fuels in the loudest, most beautiful way possible.
You probably know that building the Keystone XL pipeline is a terrible idea. The oil it will carry from Canada’s
tar sands will travel all the way from northern Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico.
Think: oil spilling all over America’s heartland. Think: way more CO2 all over
the atmosphere, since the tar sands are among the most carbon-intensive of all
the fossil fuels. With so many strikes against the Keystone pipeline, it’s
understandable that folks are so fired up and willing to put their bodies on
the line to stop it. 350.org isn’t organizing the action in DC, but there’s a separate
website to find out more about the two weeks of daily sit-ins at the White
House (today was just day #3).
When nominated for President in 2008, Barack Obama promised that his administration
would ensure “the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to
heal.” It’s not a protest I feel like I’ve been watching unfold here in DC —
but a big and beautiful reminder of that vision.
With rising hope from DC,
Will Bates for the 350.org Team
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grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by
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What is 350? 350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe
upper limit for carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Scientists measure carbon
dioxide in “parts per million” (ppm), so 350ppm is the number
humanity needs to get below as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate
change. To get there, we need a different kind of PPM–a “people powered
movement” that is made of people like you in every corner of the planet.