Protesters gathered in large numbers in Richmond, California on Saturday to march on Chevron's oil refinery in the San Francisco suburb, which has been the scene of untold environmental and public health degradation throughout the years.
Part of a group of actions dubbed #Summerheat, which have been organized "to stop climate chaos and move towards a just, renewable world," Saturday's action falls three days before the one-year anniversary of the Chevron refinery’s most recent major explosion and fire.
The march, which began in downtown Richmond, will culminate at a large rally at the Chevron refinery—the largest greenhouse gas emitter in the state.
"The planet has lurched past the ominous milestone of 400 parts per million concentration of CO2," the organizers state. "Big Oil continues its irresponsible pursuit of more and dirtier fossil fuels. Local refineries are beginning to import Canadian tar sands for processing in the Bay Area. The moment has come to stand up to the industry that is wrecking our future."
Among the list of demands, the organizers include:
- NO more toxic hazards.
- NO Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
- NO refining tar sands or fracked crude.
- YES to a just transition from dirty fossil fuels to union jobs in clean energy!
Large crowds are reported at the march with a slew of tweets and pictures surfacing in social media sites:
— 350 dot org (@350) August 3, 2013
This march is getting. Huge! pic.twitter.com/r5dI4Loj4Y
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) August 3, 2013
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