More than 2,500 former coal miners, ministers, mothers, students, and climate activists, representing over 40 states from Arizona to Appalachia, successfully blocked all five entrances to the US Capitol's Power Plant for nearly four hours this morning, forming the largest display of civil disobedience on climate change
in U.S. history. The organizers (Greenpeace US being one) pronounced the event a success because its scale and the commitment of its participants was the biggest example yet of the kind of public support necessary to solve the climate crisis.
The demonstration has already left an impact on Congress. On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, called for the removal of coal from the plant’s fuel mix. While this is a very small step toward moving the US away from fossil fuels, it does show that public pressure is essential for achieving swift action on the climate.
Check out the Greenpeace photostream of the event: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/coal