Climate Activists Plan to Block Traffic in U.S. Capital

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Activists seeking to pressure U.S. politicians to fight climate change aim to blockade major traffic hubs in the U.S. capital on Monday, drawing attention to a U.N. Climate Summit that will be attended by leaders from about 60 countries.

Those attending the New York summit will include the leaders of small island states most at risk from rising sea levels and companies expected to make fresh pledges to cut emissions of greenhouse gases.

“One thing we’ve learned is that shutting down a city is a very effective way to communicate the gravity of the climate crisis,” said Kaela Bamberger, a spokeswoman for Extinction Rebellion DC, one of the roughly two dozen groups participating.

The protest, called Shut Down DC, is also backed by the Metro D.C. chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America and Black Lives Matter D.C.

By late Sunday night, nearly 1,150 people had signed up for the protests on a dedicated web site, organisers said.

Activists will target four locations, including Farragut Square, in downtown Washington, Columbus Circle, near the Union Station train terminal, and Folger Park on Capitol Hill.

Actions at some sites would begin at 6:30 a.m. (1030 GMT), the groups said, without revealing the exact streets they plan to shut.

DC metropolitan police said they were equipped to handle a demonstration of any size.

Extinction Rebellion, which says it is backed by hundreds of scientists, promotes non-violent civil disobedience to press governments to cut carbon emissions and avert a climate crisis it fears will bring starvation and social collapse.

Over 11 days in April, the group disrupted parts of London, stopping trains and defacing the building of energy giant Shell.

Protesters aim to pressure U.S. government workers who are helping to make Washington an obstacle in international climate negotiations, Bamberger said.

President Donald Trump, who is not scheduled to attend the U.N. climate meet and intends to pull the United States out of the 2015 Paris accord, has rolled back Obama-era rules on emission cuts and wants to maximize U.S. energy output.

Monday’s protest also seeks to support the strikes of Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who traveled to New York in a sailboat and is participating in the U.N. summit.

(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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Mark Simmons
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“One thing we’ve learned is that shutting down a city is a very effective way to communicate the gravity of the climate crisis,” said Kaela Bamberger.

Actually, it’s not. Doing so increases greenhouse gas emissions. So, all they are ‘demonstrating’ is that they don’t have their head screwed on straight.

Allen Zabel
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Liberal government indoctrination, at its finest.
Yeah, keep teaching them garbage and wonder why later, that they can’t get a job.
Gender studies, global warming, and racism, may be important.
But without history, math and geography, they are useless.
Especially, if you need a job.
But then again. More social warriors, partaking of the guv’ment dole.

Mark
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One thing they havn’t learned is breaking the law gets you jail time. I hope the idiots get lots of it.

ron
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They are complaining about what is going on but let’s see how they trying to help stop it?
Are they drinking water out of a plastic bottle
They all have cell phones. What happens to their phone when they want a new
All threir electronics
How did they get their. Gas cars? Fly
Bet they didn’t bring lunch? McDonald’s it is(meat) plastic straws
Are they going to clean up when they done?
The Who started this came in a boat good. What all her people that came with her. They flew

william jackson
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That’s what tear gas is for!

william jackson
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Gas ’em!

William
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Intellectually Challenged Kids Demonstrate for Climate Change When adults use children in creating these “FakeNews” protest I consider it CHILD ABUSE. These kids don’t know their ass from their elbow. Some 4.5 Billion years ago most of the planet was covered in ice and snow. The climate continues to change as we speak. However, the very idea that Human beings can fix it with a “Carbon Tax” reveals the hideous political agenda behind these protests. Since the 1970s, the U.S. began collecting data on “Global Warming,” and in the following 45 years the earth’s temperature increased by ONLY 1/10th of… Read more »

Nancy Janzen
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Nancy Janzen

Dumb their cheerleader slogans and stunts wont affect climate at all. And that sailboat stunt will cost more in carbon emissions because they had to fly a crew out to sail the boat back

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