Encircle the White House, Occupy the World

Posted by: Jennifer Scarlott on

During the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised to be the leader who would "end the tyranny of oil." 

 As of this date, President Obama has failed in his oft-repeated pledge to lead on climate change.

In a few hours, I will board a charter bus full of citizens and activists and environmentalists from New York City, and join some 6,000 of my fellow citizens in a demonstration around the White House in Washington D.C. calling on the president to block the construction of a massive pipeline to carry oil from the ravaged boreal forests of Alberta, Canada (home of the largest industrial and engineering project on planet Earth -- the infamous tar sands project). According to many scientists, the mining of Alberta's tar sands represents "game over" for the climate -- the massive emissions of hydrocarbons caused by the mining of the tar sands will ensure that earth cannot return to safer levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

 Tomorrow, thousands of us from all over the U.S. will join hands for one hour in a massive, peaceful circle around the White House, in a signal to President Obama that he has our support for a courageous decision to terminate the tar sands pipeline, or that he will be held accountable if he gives the project a green light.

 Please take a few minutes to watch this wonderful video, in which a narrator reads a brief article on climate change and extreme global weather patterns written last spring by climate activist and 350.org leader Bill McKibben, while images of apocalyptic weather events stream across the screen.

And then take to the streets, because as McKibben said a few weeks ago when he spoke to a crowd of activists at Occupy Wall Street, it's time to tell the corporations, and the politicians in the corporations' pockets, in America and all over the world, that they've occupied the atmosphere for long enough.