Tar Sands demos hotting up

10-Day Tar Sands Action at White House

Bill McKibben, environmentalist founder of 350.org (which spotlights former Obama “green jobs” czar Van Jones as one of its messengers), writes in the Washington Post that “more than a thousand people have signed up to be arrested over two weeks beginning Aug. 20 — the biggest display of civil disobedience in the environmental movement in decades and one of the largest nonviolent direct actions since the World Trade Organization demonstrations in Seattle back before Sept. 11.”

McKibben and 70 other protestors engaged in the Tar Sands Action were arrested Saturday, with another 45 arrested by Sunday afternoon. Protests will continue until September 3.

Endorsements for the Tar Sands Action come from the usual radical suspects, including US Climate Action Network, Institute for Policy Studies, Clean Air Watch, Credo Mobile, Healthcare-NOW!, Rainforest Action Network, Hip-Hop Caucus, Public Citizen, The Shalom Center, and 350.org.

eezed middle-class, the victims of war and the wounded Earth itself.”

The 350 in 350.org stands for parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere:

To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 392 parts per million to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number—it’s a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.

The spectre of runaway CO2 levels on the planet has radicals up in arms. They want POTUS to do something about it: “The issue is simple,” McKibben writes: “We want the president to block construction of Keystone XL, a pipeline that would carry oil from the tar sands of northern Alberta down to the Gulf of Mexico.”

We’re gearing up for Moving Planet, the massive global day of climate action coming up on September 24th. There will be events large and small, events bike-powered and solar-powered — and we’ll weave them all together into a single global story and a powerful call to action to demand true leadership on the climate crisis.

Plus, don’t forget two key future protest dates.

On September 17, the Occupy Wall Street radicals plan to set up camp on Wall Street using a page ripped from the 1960s in a 21st Century version of the Days of Rage. This will be followed by an encampment on October 6 in D.C.



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