Climate Activists Block Traffic with Sailboat in Middle of Washington DC Intersection
Climate change activists pushed a small sailboat in the middle of a busy intersection in downtown Washington, D.C., Monday, September 23, drawing attention to a U.N. Climate Summit that will be attended by leaders from about 60 countries.
The city-wide protest, called Shut Down DC, was aimed to pressure U.S. government workers to participate in international climate negotiations, said Kaela Bamberger, a spokeswoman for Extinction Rebellion, D.C.
President Donald Trump, who is not scheduled to attend the U.N. climate meeting on Monday and is pulling the United States out of the 2015 Paris accord, has rolled back Obama-era rules on emission cuts and wants to maximize U.S. energy output.
Monday’s protest also seeks to support the strikes of Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who traveled to New York in a sailboat and is participating in the U.N. summit.