Courageous activists in the United States are at the doorstep of the global oil industry to say there is no place for business as usual in a climate emergency.
Today, 22 Greenpeace USA climbers formed a blockade on the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown, Texas, United States, effectively shutting down the single largest fossil fuel thoroughfare in the United States. The protest comes ahead of the Democratic debate tonight in nearby Houston.
Here in Canada, as we head toward national elections, the stakes also couldn’t be higher. We’re in a climate emergency created by fossil fuel CEOs and we need politicians to start acting like it. Call on your federal election candidates to get behind a clean energy transition and Green New Deal for Canada.
Greenpeace is campaigning for a fossil-free future here at home and around the world. Here are five things to know about Texas and U.S. oil production:
A fire at Exxon Mobil’s ethane cracker plant is billowing black smoke over over Baytown, Texas, causing officials to issue a “shelter in place” advisory. https://t.co/ggSOGMETS1
— Alexander Kaufman (@AlexCKaufman) July 31, 2019
— Sierra Club (@SierraClub) March 29, 2019
4. Houston is home to a vibrant Environmental Justice movement
“Even in a first-world, developed country, we have the types of human rights violations people would expect to see in the third world,” said Yvette Arellano, tour guide and TEJAS’ policy, research and grassroots advocate. https://t.co/H2cmMShuZi
— t.e.j.a.s. (@tejasbarrios) February 11, 2019
U.S. activists just sent a major message to presidential hopefuls. Here in Canada, the @macleans/@City_tv #FirstDebate is tonight. Hey, @AndrewScheer, @ElizabethMay, @theJagmeetSingh (& @JustinTrudeau) what’s your #ClimateEmergency plan to get off fossil fuels? #elxn43 #cdnpoli https://t.co/1FTrQNReNj
— Greenpeace Canada (@GreenpeaceCA) September 12, 2019
With files from Greenpeace USA