The EPA building on 35th Street was the site of an On-Notice Action by climate advocates on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from noon to 1 p.m. The action was part of a coordinated national effort by Credo, the Rainforest Action Network, and the Other 98%. The goal? Putting the State Department on notice that in the event they find the Keystone XL pipeline is in our national interest, there are those in this country who will demand that President Obama reject those findings.
Like a line from a well-known Buffalo Springfield song, over 40 participants sang songs for environmental protection and carried signs along the road with messages including “Tar sands oil will cook the planet” and “There is no Planet B.” Songs were led by local artist Cassandra Robertson, who has dedicated her life to getting us off fossil fuels to ensure a cleaner future. The activists will converge on the EPA again early next year if the State Department recommends approval for the project. Their intent on that day will be to hold the president to his promise to tackle the issue of climate change.
The leaders of Tuesday’s action will hold a training session for those interesting in joining them next year. The training will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church on Circle Boulevard. For more information on the session, call 503-505-4100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Kristen Daly