A gaggle of protesters descended on Wall Street to march against fossil fuels on Monday, leading to several arrests outside the Federal Reserve Bank of New York building. Police threatened to take more into custody if they didn't leave, ABC 7 reports.
NOW: Over 1,000 brave New Yorkers, youth, Indigenous elders, scientists + climate activists are swarming Wall Street in pouring rain to #EndFossilFuels!— Collin Rees (@collinrees) September 18, 2023
The world’s biggest financial institutions are driving the world to climate crisis finding oil, gas + coal. #ClimateShutDown pic.twitter.com/SbvWbMd0gD
According to the protesters, they want Wall Street to stop financing fossil fuels.
"Despite scientific consensus that burning fossil fuels is the primary driver of global warming, the world's 60 biggest banks poured over $5.5 trillion into the fossil fuel industry since the signing of the Paris Agreement, driving climate chaos and causing deadly local community impacts," said New York Communities for Change in a press release.
According to the activists, getting arrested is a risk they're willing to take.
"Civil disobedience means potentially risking arrest to call attention to the morality of funding the fossil fuel industry, contributing to climate change, which is already killing tens of thousands of people and will potentially kill millions more," said Jonathan Westin of Climate Organizing Hub.
On Sunday, yelling that the future and their lives depend on ending fossil fuels, tens of thousands of protesters on kicked off a week where leaders will try once again to curb climate change primarily caused by coal, oil and natural gas.
But protesters say it's not going to be enough. And they aimed their wrath directly at U.S. President Joe Biden, urging him to stop approving new oil and gas projects, phase out current ones and declare a climate emergency with larger executive powers.
The March to End Fossil Fuels featured such politicians as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and actors Susan Sarandon, Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, Kyra Sedgewick and Kevin Bacon. But the real action on Broadway was where protesters crowded the street, pleading for a better but not-so-hot future. It was the opening salvo to New York's Climate Week, where world leaders in business, politics and the arts gather to try to save the planet, highlighted by a new special United Nations summit Wednesday. -ABC News
"We have people all across the world in the streets, showing up, demanding a cessation of what is killing us," AOC told protesters. "We have to send a message that some of us are going to be living on, on this planet 30, 40, 50 years from now. And we will not take no for an answer."
Please end fossil fuels.— zerohedge (@zerohedge) September 17, 2023
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Interesting how all this climate stuff is suddenly cropping up now.
Dutch political commentator Eva Vlaardingerbroek speaks out on the WEF's plan to impose a personal carbon allowance, linked to a digital identity card, under the guise of solving the climate— Wall Street Silver (@WallStreetSilv) September 15, 2023
As you might guess, there will be more taxes and more control over your… pic.twitter.com/imq5MjMMf5