Thousands are joining a polluter protest in front of the White House this morning. Read below for more info or click here for hi-res photos from Power Shift 2011 and today's events.;
Power Shift 2011's Polluter Protest in Washington DC
5,000 young climate leaders joined AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Cherri Foytlin of Gulf Change, and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben at a polluter protest in front of the White House this Monday. They're demanding that the President and Congress stand up to Big Polluters, protect the Clean Air Act, and make corporate polluters like BP pay for their pollution.
Rally participants will then move on to protest at the US Chamber of Commerce, which serves as a front group for Big Polluters, the DC headquarters of BP, and the headquarters of the electric utility Gen-On, which continues to burn coal in Virginia. Young people will then undertake hundreds ofvisits to Congressional offices to demand that Congress protect the Clean Air Act and stop taking money from corporate polluters.
"This city looks clean and sparkling," said McKibben, who is leading a campaign against the US Chamber. "But no: this city is as polluted as Beijing. But instead of coal pollution, it's money pollution. We're hear to start the clean up."
The rally is the culmination of Power Shift 2011, a youth clean energy conference and one of the largest grassroots trainings in history. Over 10,000 young people from all 50 states attended the event over the weekend. Keynote speakers included Lisa Jackson, Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Van Jones, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Mary Anne-Hitt, and others.