As you read this, I am being arrested in Washington D.C. in front of the White House. I am here with more than 40 others—including environmental luminaries, a Texas landowner, and a poet laureate—calling for President Obama to put an end to the Keystone XL pipeline and make climate a priority this year.
This is the first time in 25 years that I’ve committed an act of civil disobedience. Because this moment, with the threat of inaction in the face of climate change, demands something more.
Will you stand with me? Will you take five minutes right now to ask President Obama to make climate change a priority this year, starting by putting an end to the Keystone pipeline? And then ask five of your friends to do the same?
I need your helpto show the president that the 40+ of us out here today are backed by a national movement that is more determined than ever to see action on climate change.
As NASA scientist James Hansen, who is out here with me today, has said: “The Keystone pipeline spells game over for the climate.” If we don’t act, this massive 1700-mile pipeline would allow some of the world’s dirtiest oil to travel from Canada’s tar sands through America’s heartland—jeopardizing our water, our air, and our climate.
The entrenched, powerful fossil fuel industry has kept our government from taking comprehensive action to address the climate crisis. But we’ve outmatched them at every turn with the Keystone XL pipeline.
It’s the actions of people like you and me that have stalled pipeline construction for more than a year. This is a dramatic political shift. It tells me we’re on the right track and need to keep it up.
To be clear, putting an end to the Keystone XL pipeline is just our first demand. When I say this is the year for climate action, I mean it. This is the year to push to limit carbon pollution from our nation’s dirty power plants, move beyond coal and natural gas, and fire up our clean energy economy.
As we’ve seen with the Keystone pipeline, it takes strategic, powerful grassroots opposition from all sides, spanning from First Nations in Alberta to farmers in Nebraska—from loud online actions to the 40+ of us at the White House here today. I believe that massive grassroots activism is what it takes to make change in this country. If you agree, join me today, and let’s keep it up!