The Break Free movement swept Washington, D.C., during the weekend. Over 1,300 activists gathered outside the White House on Sunday to demand an end to fossil fuels. Led by frontline community members, people marched in Washington, D.C., to call on President Barack Obama to end all offshore drilling. This is a key moment since over 20,000 of have signed on already asking the Obama team to reject new oil and gas drilling in the Gulf and Arctic. -- But we only have until June 7 to tell Obama's team what we think of offshore drilling.
Outside the White House we heard from speakers from the climate frontlines in the Gulf of Mexico, Arctic, and Atlantic. These are the people facing the most dire threat from offshore drilling and experiencing the impacts most directly right now. Then we marched around the White House to the Lincoln Memorial for a second rally that drew inspiration from Dr. King's "I have a Dream" speech on that same spot. Click here to see what it looked like and get the whole report in our blog.
A young Alaskan activist, Essau Sinnok, testified about the loss of his uncle, who was killed when he fell through ice that was unusually thin and weak due to climate change.
“I am determined to continue my activism to raise awareness of climate change in the Arctic and everywhere else in the world so that no one else will loose a family member like I did,” said Sinnok. “It takes every single one of us to assure that our future is secure for the next seven generations.”
D.C. was just one of several actions this weekend - including the amazing Albany action that many Environmental Action members chipped in to support. You can click here to see photos and video from all over the world reporting on all the amazing Break Free Actions.
Lots more photos and video of the D.C. event are in our blog post. Click here to check that out and then get ready for more amazing actions this week!
Sally and the Break Free crew at Environmental Action