It’s now well into the fourth day of peaceful protest of the outside the White House, where a diverse array of concerned citizens are risking arrest to send the Obama administration a simple message: Do not approve the Keystone XL, a 1,700 mile pipeline that would inextricably link the nation’s energy future to Canada’s tar sands — the dirtiest fuel source known to man. So far, over 200 people have been arrested to send that message to Obama. Here’s a brief look, in photos, at the bold protest so far:
Above and following photos unless otherwise noted: Shadia Fayne Wood via Flickr/CC BY
A look at the protesters camped out in front of the White House lawn.
A participant is arrested.
Renowned gay rights activist Lt. Dan Choi is arrested after joining the tar sands protests.
Environmental author and 350 leader Bill McKibben addresses the crowd of protesters.
Photo: Shadia Lopez
Bill McKibben getting arrested.
And in case it’s not clear from the photos above, that message to Obama goes something like this:
Stop the pipeline on behalf of the pristine environments the pipeline would have to intersect all across North America. Stop the pipeline on behalf of Alberta, Canada’s majestic boreal forests, which are on the brink of turning into a polluted wasteland. And most of all, stop the pipeline to prevent further plunging the US into a climate crisis — mining the tar sands would be the equivalent of setting off the world’s biggest carbon bomb yet. And, as the banners note, climate change is not in the national interest.
So far, the story has only gotten a minimal amount of coverage from the mainstream media — something that’s sure to change as the protest continues on, and the arrest tally is racked up. Do your part to raise awareness of the event by following @TarSandsAction on Twitter, and sharing stories like these however possible. Go to TarSandsAction.org for more info on how you can help.
Again, for more photos, see the Tar Sands Action Flickr feed