Hundreds of climate activists blocked entrances to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Monday afternoon as half of a string of actions set to happen for Climate Week NYC.
The protest – spearheaded by Stop the Money Pipeline, a coalition of 240 eco teams, and protest group Climate Defiance – befell exterior the Federal Reserve’s workplaces in New York City and finally sparked a big police response. Linking arms to dam the building’s doorways, activists referred to as for an finish to fossil gasoline financing and for presidency motion to finish fossil gasoline growth.
“We need to regulate the end of fossil fuels. We need to end fossil fuels now,” one protester shouted. “Our planet is dying. Our forests are on fire. We are being flooded. The hurricanes are getting worse – the earthquakes, the tornadoes. The planet is crying out, we need to hear her. We need international standards to shut this down. Our lives are on the line, our planet, our home is on the line.”
“They’re not doing anything because their pockets are lined with dirty oil and gas money,” she added.
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Other protesters shouted anti-fossil fuels chants, together with, “arrest the real criminals – arrest the climate criminals.”
“Fed Chair Jerome Powell is a climate criminal. He must be brought to justice,” Climate Defiance mentioned in a social media publish. “Today we stand in the pouring rain, arm-in-arm with dozens of partners, to do so.”
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Climate Week NYC is an annual occasion hosted by Climate Group, a nonprofit targeted on driving climate motion worldwide. The occasion, which incorporates dozens of protests and occasions to lift consciousness about world warming, is sponsored by a number of main firms, McKinsey & Company, Salesforce, Google, Pepsico and BMW.
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The Federal Reserve protest, in the meantime, comes as teams like Climate Defiance proceed organizing an growing quantity of disruptive actions in public locations. The group has organized protests in museums, on highly-trafficked roads and highways, monuments, authorities buildings and officers’ houses.
“Our chests our pounding but our souls are resolved. We are not leaving. We will stay as long as it takes,” Climate Defiance mentioned in a publish on Friday after its members organized an motion on the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.