Climate activists took to the streets of Washington, D.C., to express their disapproval of President Joe Biden’s climate plan.
They dumped more than a dozen wheelbarrows of cow manure at the White House on Thursday, according to Washingtonian’s Jane Recker. The demonstrators could be heard shouting, “Bullsh*t.”
The group conducting the demonstration is Extinction Rebellion, which defines itself as “a decentralised, international and politically non-partisan movement using non-violent direct action and civil disobedience to persuade governments to act justly on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.”
After dumping the cow manure in front of the White House, a sign was placed in the pile reading, “Stop the bullsh*t.” Another sign held up read, “Declare climate emergency now.”
Wider view of the scene here where cow poop has been dumped in front of the White House to protest Biden’s “bullshit” climate plan. And yes, it smells. pic.twitter.com/abVP0Z3uCt— Jane Recker (@janerecker) April 22, 2021
In a statement, Extinction Rebellion spokesperson Reilly Polka said, “Net-zero by 2030 and other not in my term of office scams are far too little, far too late. Biden is punting the crisis to future generations with targets that rely on unproven technologies sucking carbon out of the atmosphere,” according to Fox News.
Polka continued, “This is a massive gamble to take when the well-being of the human species and the richness of life on earth is at stake. If he cared he’d set targets that expire while he’s still in office. We can’t keep waiting, we need change now.”
This comes as a two-day virtual climate change summit kicked off on Thursday with 40 world leaders.
Biden said on Thursday, “No nation can solve this crisis on our own. All of us, particularly those of us who represent the world’s largest economies, we have to step up.”
The president announced “a new target for the United States to achieve a 50-52 percent reduction from 2005 levels in economy-wide net greenhouse gas pollution in 2030,” per the White House press release.