Climate Courage – A Call for Civil Disobedience on August 29
Sojourners’ columnist and environmentalist Bill McKibben is leading thousands of U.S. and Canadian citizens in two weeks of sit-ins at the White House from August 20 to September 3, 2011. Calling on President Obama to stop construction of the Keystone XL transnational pipeline, this action is shaping up to be the largest climate change civil disobedience in U.S. history.
Sojourners is calling on people of faith to join this prophetic campaign on Monday, August 29, from 10 a.m. to noon at Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, D.C. Many Sojourners’ staff will be participating in civil disobedience and the legal public witness.
The Tar Sands Action will “draw a line in the sand” to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from the Alberta tar sands to Galveston Bay in Texas. If Obama approves the Keystone XL pipeline by issuing the needed permits, he will light the fuse of the largest carbon bomb in North America.
The pipeline threatens America’s fresh water supply, endangers poor and rural communities, jeopardizes food security, and derails any attempt at a green energy future.