On Wednesday, climate change activists chained themselves to the White House gates in protest of proposed oil pipelines.
Images shared on social media showed protesters from various campaign groups using kayaks and their bodies to block the entrances to the building.
Those involved are opposed to the construction of the Line 3 pipeline, which would transport hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil from Alberta, Canada, through Minnesota and Wisconsin while crossing Indigenous land, as well as the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a natural gas pipeline that would connect southern Virginia and northwestern West Virginia.
Some chained themselves to the 15th & Penn NW vehicle entrance, while others gathered in that area displaying signs and banners. One read: “No stolen oil from stolen land.”
StopDC, one of the groups involved in the protest, tweeted: “Big picture: 5 separate groups totaling ~150 people are at the White House this morning telling @POTUS he needs to stand with people, not polluters and that we need a climate justice infrastructure deal. We won’t accept anything else.
“This message is brought to @potus by indigenous people who traveled from Minnesota, Alaska, etc. as well as by us here in DC. With deadly heat waves and floods all over the country & world, the time for talk and compromise is over.”
The Indigenous Environmental Network, another group taking part in the protest, added: “We are at the White House to tell President Biden to use his executive authority to stop approving fossil fuel projects like Line 3 and declare a climate emergency.
“Fossil fuel pipelines, infrastructure, exports, and leases fuel the climate emergency, pollute in Black, Indigenous and Brown communities, and violate treaty rights. Act now to end the era of fossil fuel production, protect our communities, and #BuildBackFossilFree.”