On Sunday February 17th, over 20,000 people are expected to flood Washington DC to demand a halt to the construction of Transcanada’s Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline in what could be the largest climate rally in American history. Sierra Club, one of the organizers of the DC rally, released a statement announcing they will be taking part in civil disobedience, for the first time in the organization’s history, as part of this event. A collaboration between 350.org, Sierra Club, the Hip Hop Caucus, and other groups, this rally represents a larger, more mainstream face of the radical climate justice & extraction resistance movement, recently exemplified by our comrades at the Tar Sands Blockade.
While we have many critiques of mainstream environmental NGOs (particularly Sierra Club, see our recent press release re: Sierra Club & fracking) we also believe that the only way to defeat the toxic extraction industry is to apply pressure from as many directions as possible.
Occupy Denver is proud to endorse 350 Colorado’s Denver solidarity rally for the Forward On Climate march in DC. We are excited for this opportunity to stand with local community members against the Keystone XL Pipeline, and hope to build a diverse local Colorado current of extraction resistance that can continue well into the future.
Here’s the description of the upcoming event from 350 Colorado:
“On February 17th, more than 20,000 people are expected to join the action in Washington D.C., urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline and take serious action to solve the climate crisis. If you can’t make it to D.C., please join this student-led rally and march from the Auraria Campus at 11:30am to Civic Center Park. Be sure to wear all black so that when we converge with other groups, it has the effect of a mass ‘human oil spill’. Please invite all of your friends and family to participate in this life-changing movement! It’s time to divest and move beyond fossil fuels and extreme energy projects like the KXL pipeline to a clean energy future!”
Click here to join the event on facebook.
Occupy Denver also stands in solidarity with the Westborough 8, students & members of 350 Massachusetts who locked & glued themselves together in order to shut down a Transcanada office during the Tar Sands Blockade mass action day on January 7th of this year.