For Immediate Release
Over 200 Vigils in 44 States on Monday to Protest the Keystone XL Pipeline
WASHINGTON - Thousands of activists will join over 200 vigils in 44 states to urge President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline following the release of the State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. The Keystone XL pipeline will be a huge source of climate pollution and clearly fails the climate test set by President Obama.
350.org co-founder Bill McKibben will join Clayton Thomas-Muller, lead campaigner with the indigenous movement Idle No More, and other activists at a rally in Union Square, NYC at 6:00pm on Monday night. More information can be found here:
CREDO, the Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network and 350.org, among a host of other groups, are organizing the vigils following the State Department’s release of the final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on Friday.
Keystone XL is a tar sands pipeline that would transport some of the dirtiest crude oil on the planet from Alberta Canada, and across American soil for export. The vigils are part of a nationwide campaign to try and stop the pipeline from ruining the climate and endangering communities along the proposed pipeline route.
350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. But solutions exist. All around the world, a movement is building to take on the climate crisis, to get humanity out of the danger zone and below 350. This movement is massive, it is diverse, and it is visionary. We are activists, scholars, and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses, our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are clean energy advocates, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries. And we are united around the world, driven to make our planet livable for all who come after us.