This amazing photo is of the tar sands sit-in that is happening right now outside the White House, protesting against the planned Keystone XL pipeline which would pump tar sands oil from Canada into the States. The sit-in started on August 20th, is planned to continue until September 3rd, and so far 381 people have been arrested. I’m really grateful for the men and women who have been brave enough to take this step, as the Keystone XL pipeline would spell disaster if built.
Extracting and burning the oil in the Canadian tar sands alone would release enough carbon emissions to tip the world into runaway climate change, plus the development is pushing indigenous peoples out of their native lands and having incredibly harmful impacts on local communities’ health. You can read more about it here – http://www.tarsandsaction.org/.
Photo credit – Milan Ilnyckyj