The KXL victory is a testament to the power of grassroots organizing. It is the result of millions of people taking action to prioritize long term climate justice over short term corporate profit. From gathering petition signatures and making phone calls to hosting vigils, concerts and house parties, to engaging in direct action and principled arrests — communities rose up to stop this project. Nebraska landowners and indigenous activists participated in civil disobedience alongside long time environmentalists. Urban climate justice advocates worked with faith groups from the Midwest. People from all walks of life took a look at this this issue and decided to make it a referendum on the future of our country.
People launched tree-sits in the piney woods of East Texas, they encircled the White House by the thousands and nearly one hundred thousand of you signed a Pledge of Resistance to use their bodies if necessary to stop business as usual if Obama indicated imminent approval.
And it is just the beginning of the newly invigorated climate movement.