From October 11 to 15, thousands of people will take action at the White House, participate in civil disobedience, and demand that President Biden choose a side: People vs. Fossil Fuels.
Representatives from frontline organizations issued an invitation to join the action. “We, the undersigned, come from the trenches in the fight against fossil fuels. From fracking sites and oil wells, to pipelines and refineries, to plastic plants and more, we are impacted Indigenous, Brown, Black, and low-income communities living on the frontlines of this climate emergency. . . .
“As representatives of communities who have carried the brunt of the harm from fossil fuels for generations, we ask you to join us in solidarity—and risk arrest—in Washington DC, October 11-15, 2021, as part of Build Back Fossil Free’s People vs Fossil Fuels Week of Action. ”
The action will demand that Biden use his executive authority to take strong climate action before the UN climate summit, including:
- Stopping all fossil fuel infrastructure project approvals. .
- Stopping fossil fuel exports.
Demand #2: President Biden must declare a national climate emergency and launch a just, renewable energy revolution. An executive order declaring a climate emergency under the National Emergencies Act would give him the authority to:
(a) Immediately reinstate the crude oil export ban.
(b) Redirect a portion of military spending to carry out rapid construction of renewable energy projects
(c) Invoke the Defense Production Act to provide critical loan guarantees and ensure a comprehensive buildout of just, renewable energy development that creates millions of good union jobs.
If you can go to DC:
Actions will take place every day between October 11 and 15, starting at 8 AM at McPherson Square. Nonviolent direct action trainings and legal briefings will be held each evening at 6 PM, starting October 10.
- Monday, October 11: Indigenous Peoples Day.
- Tuesday, October 12: Fossil fuels are driving the climate crisis.
- Wednesday, October 13: Climate chaos is happening now.
- Thursday, October 14: We need real solutions, not false promises.
- Friday, October 15: We did not vote for fossil fuels. Youth-led action.