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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

WASHINGTON -- 90 More Arrested as Victims of Climate Chaos Descend on White House


Climate justice and Indigenous activist Siqiñiq Maupin of Sovereign Inupiat for a Living Arctic joins a protest against fossil fuels in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 13, 2021. (Photo: Eman Mohammed/Survival Media Agency)


90 More Arrested as Victims of Climate Chaos Descend on White House

"People are dying rapidly," said one campaigner battling a proposed petrochemical complex in a polluted region of Louisiana. "President Biden… you are letting us down."

JESSICA CORBETT
October 13, 2021
Common Dreams

Another 90 people were arrested outside the White House on Wednesday as residents and supporters of communities on the frontlines of climate chaos joined a week of action ramping up pressure on President Joe Biden to deliver on his campaign promises.

"How much longer will the future of our communities be on the shoulders of citizens without the backing of our elected officials?"

Nearly 300 people have been arrested over the past three days, according to organizers of the #PeopleVsFossilFuels, who are calling on the president to block all new fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency.

The theme of Wednesday's protest was "climate chaos is happening now." People from Alaska, California, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Texas shared how fossil fuel development and extreme weather exacerbated by rising temperatures are affecting their communities.