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Climate Activists Join Growing Occupy Wall Street Movement
International Grassroots Climate Campaign 350.org urges supporters to Occupy Wall Street, join the fight against corporate greed.
NEW YORK -- On the heels of massive protests against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and demonstrations in more than 700 US cities calling for solutions to climate change, the grassroots climate movement is joining forces with Occupy Wall Street. They will join a solidarity march on Wednesday, October 5th at 4:30pm from the New York City Hall to Wall Street.
"For too long, Wall Street has been occupying the offices of our government, and the cloakrooms of our legislatures,” wrote Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, in an email urging supporters to join the march, “They've been a constant presence, rewarded not with pepper spray in the face but with yet more loopholes and tax breaks and subsidies and contracts. You could even say Wall Street's been occupying our atmosphere, since any attempt to do anything about climate change always run afoul of the biggest corporations on the planet. So it's a damned good thing the tables have turned."
Climate activists joining the Occupy Wall Street Movement cite the fight against corporate power as a universal fight affecting everyone who is a part of the other 99%. Leading up to the midterm elections, the fossil fuel industry and corporate front groups like the US Chamber of Commerce poured more than $500 million dollars into attack ads and lobbying to stop action and deny the basic facts of climate science.
“If Wall Street is occupying President Obama’s State Department and the halls of Congress, it’s time for the people to occupy Wall Street,” said Phil Aroneanu, US campaigns Director for 350.org, who is leading the climate delegation for Wednesday’s march.
President Obama’s State Department has been slammed this week for its cozy relationship with the TransCanada corporation lobbyists, who are heading the effort to construct Keystone XL. The final hearing on the pipeline will take place on October 7th, another massive opposition protest is planned in front of the White House on November 6th, and the President is scheduled to make a decision on the pipeline later this year.
350.org is an international grassroots climate campaign in all 50 states and 188 countries that works for science-based solutions to climate change. “350” stands for 350 parts per million of carbon in the atmosphere, what scientists consider the safe upper limit. We are currently at 392ppm.