WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Activists seeking to put pressure on US politicians to fight climate change are seeking to block major traffic hubs in the US capital on Monday, drawing attention to a climate summit organized by the United States. UN Leaders from around 60 countries will participate.
Summit participants in New York will include the leaders of the small island states most exposed to sea-level rise and companies that expect new promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“One thing we’ve learned is that closing a city is a very effective way of communicating the severity of the climate crisis,” said Kaela Bamberger, spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion DC, one of two groups. involved.
The protest, called Shut Down DC, is also supported by the D.C. Metro of the Democratic Socialists of America and Black Life Count D.C.
Sunday evening, nearly 1,150 people had registered to protest on a dedicated website, announced the organizers.
Activists will focus on four sites: Farragut Square, in downtown Washington, Columbus Circle, near Union Station and the Folger Park rail terminal on Capitol Hill.
Actions on some sites would start at 6:30. (10:30 GMT), said the groups, without revealing the exact streets they plan to close.
The DC metropolitan police said they were equipped to deal with a protest of any size.
The rebellion of extinction, which relies on hundreds of scientists, encourages nonviolent civil disobedience to put pressure on governments to reduce carbon emissions and avoid a climate crisis likely to cause hunger and social collapse.
In April, for 11 days, the group broke up London neighborhoods, blocking trains and disfiguring the construction of the energy giant Shell.
The protesters intend to put pressure on US government employees who are helping to make Washington an obstacle to international climate negotiations, Bamberger said.
President Donald Trump, who is not expected to attend the UN climate meeting and intends to take the United States out of the 2015 Paris agreement, has overthrown the Obama era to reduce emissions and He wants to maximize US energy production.
Monday’s protest also aims to support the strikes of Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, who traveled to New York on a sailboat and attends the UN summit.