15 Extinction Rebellion activists arrested for protesting Massachuetts inaction on climate crisis
On September 21st, 2022, 15 individuals from Extinction Rebellion were arrested for protesting against Massachuetts State government inaction on the climate crisis and against the continuous construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure. Check out one (of many) example(s) for media coverage here: https://www.cbsnews.com/boston/news/boston-protest-traffic-wednesday-extinction-rebellion-somerville-massachusetts/
Despite being in a climate emergency, the Commonwealth is continuing to allow new fossil fuel infrastructure to be built and has taken little action to significantly curb the state's carbon emissions. Globally, any hope of meeting the goal of keeping temperature rise under 1.5 C is quickly fading due to willful government inaction, media silence, and further fossil fuel investments. Despite decades of scientists' warnings about the impending climate breakdown and exhausting all of the conventional methods of changemaking, nothing has worked to bring down greenhouse gas emissions to levels in accordance with keeping global heating under tipping-point thresholds. Extinction Rebellion is engaging in mass civil disobedience to stop business as usual and to bring its message to the general public: we are in a climate emergency and we need their help to build a mass movement to pressure the government. We demand that the government of MA and the incoming governor make a binding commitment to stop all new fossil fuel infrastructure, including halting the infrastructure currently in development.
We are raising funds for legal fees (bail and anticipated legal fines), towing expenses for transport and support vehicles, pink barrels and other art supplies that were built for this action, but were confisicated by the police. If we exceed our fundraising target, we will cover other miscellaneous action costs and to support future Extinction Rebellion actions.
We send our heartfelt love and thanks to all who have supported this action. We are building a movement to prevent the worst impacts of climate breakdown and to halt the sixth mass extinction.
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