Yesterday, a contingent from the Gulf Coast joined twelve thousand people in a nonviolent protest against dirty energy at the White House. The advocates are trying to stop President Obama from approving the Keystone XL pipeline. If built, the 1,700-mile pipeline will stretch all the way from Alberta, Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast, where "tar sands" sludge would be refined into oil.
Washington D.C., our nation’s capital; The land of big embassies, big politics, big corporations, and don’t forget, big polluters. On April 15th -18th, Washington D.C. was also home to Power Shift 2011, a youth climate summit and organizer trainer.
Last night in Washington D.C., a BP clean-up worker and the son of a Vietnamese fishing family spoke to thousands of fired-up youth leaders. Tony Nguyen and Andre Gaines were representing a diverse contingent of over one hundred people who traveled to Power Shift 2011 from across the Gulf Coast.