Tar Sands Action

“Essentially game over” for the climate — that’s how NASA scientist James Hansen describes the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would funnel highly toxic tar sands oil from indigenous lands in Canada all the way to Texas.

Young people across the country are organizing to stop Keystone XL. With bold actions, petitions and local actions we're building a movement to hold President Obama accountable to his campaign promises and demand he stand up to Big Oil and reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Last weekend, over 1,000 youth leaders converged in DC for XL Dissent - the largest-ever youth sit-in for climate justice. 398 young people were arrested for taking a peaceful & principled stand at the White House, protesting the Keystone XL pipeline. This action just didn't just make waves in DC - it also blew up in big ways on social media.

The Energy Action Coalition team was on-site and jumped in with friends at 350.org and SustainUS to take photos and sling memes - trying to spotlight the diversity of youth leaders who came from around the country (and as it turns out — the world.). Check out some of the deeply inspiring youth activists we met, who shared their stories with us at the pre-action training, as well as some of the inspiring speakers at the rally itself.

Most all of the memes are available on the XL Dissent Facebook Page - where stories of the youth resistance against KXL continues!

375 This meme captures one (of two) huge non-violent direct action trainings that happened the night before the action. This image mash-up totally popped on facebook and revved people up - with over 5,000 shares, and over a third of a million views. Photo and meme by Mary Schellentrager.

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This post originally appeared on Rainforest Action Network's blog, The Understory.

This Sunday, over one thousand young people will descend on the White House. By the end of the day, hundreds of them, most of them students at more than 200 colleges and universities, will be arrested. There’s something happening here.362

Just days after a U.S. State Department review determined that ERM, an oil industry contractor and dues-paying member of the American Petroleum Institute, was capable of an unbiased review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, hundreds of youth activists will be risking arrest outside the White House as part of XL Dissent. Their objective is to secure a rejection of the climate-killing Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and to hold President Obama accountable for his campaign promise to safeguard climate stability by “end(ing) the tyranny of oil.”

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Monday night’s Keystone XL protest vigils were nothing short of incredible. At over 280 vigils from coast-to-coast, we saw thousands of people turn out in the cold and snow to show their resolve that this dirty and dangerous pipeline must be rejected.

But our work is not done. As you’ve probably heard, the State Department just released its final environmental review, kicking off a final 90-day stretch for people power to fight back.

Demand President Obama and John Kerry reject Keystone XL — help launch the People’s Review.

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