“We Can Change History”

Video: Two weeks and 1,252 arrests later—how a committed group of activists made an oil pipeline an international issue.
fists in the air from video


Video courtesy of StopKeystoneXL

Two weeks of peaceful protests against the Keystone XL pipeline at the White House wrap up on a positive note. The act of civil disobedience attracted hundreds of people to Washington D.C. and brought the issue to national and international attention. According to tarsandsaction.org 1,252 arrests were made and nine Nobel Peace Laureates, including the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, signed a letter urging President Obama to stand by his promises to find clean energy alternatives and create a healthier environment.
Bill Mckibben expresses his thanks those who helped make this event unignorable and his hope to be able use the momentum gained by the protests and “carry it on to victory”.

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