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Occupy the White House: Tar Sands Activists Encircle White House (PICTURES)

The civic momentum to stop the Tar Sands Keystone XL pipeline continues to grow. Today, thousands of people got out and encircled the White House to show their solidarity in opposition to this train-wreck of a project. If you don’t know much about the the Tar Sands Keystone XL pipeline and are just tuning in due to news about the action today, check out this post:

Tar Sands Oil Pipeline = Backwards Thinking (Humongous Climate Change Impact)

And this video of Robert Redford, a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) trustee:

Now, if you tuned in for news on the political action outside the White House today, it seems the turnout was better than expected. I saw mention that, when circling the White House, there were so many people they had to stand in 3 lines. I haven’t seen any word of Obama coming out or acknowledging the event, but he has made clear now (in a speech about a week ago) that he’s listening to the concerns of the people and will personally be responsible for making the decision to approve the pipeline or not.

If you want to make your voice heard but couldn’t make it to the White House (or even if you could), Tar Sands Action has a good suggestion:

  1. Go to the White House Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse?sk=wall
  2. LIKE it – the button is on the top of the page.
  3. Copy the following photo link from the action today and post it on the White House wall along with your own personal comment: http://on.fb.me/rtVOJK

I just did so.

If you’re looking for photos or videos of the event today, below are a bunch of good photos from the NRDC and a video from StopKeystoneXL, followed by several videos made by activists and celebrities leading up to the event:

Bill McKibben & James Hansen on stage at the Tar Sands Action event at the White House on November 6, in which climate and environmental activists surrounded the White House in a big circle.

Inspirational photos and climate change activism.

More videos from the lead-up to the event:

  1. UK Activists Circle Mini White House to Protest Pipeline | Planetsave

    […] Opposition to the pipeline has been strong and broad. 1,253 people were arrested earlier this year in weeks of protest outside the White House. This was not just young environmentally-minded college kids. This included people from all walks of life, as well as some climate scientists. Yesterday’s protest and circling of the White House was even more broad. Pictures here: Occupy the White House: Tar Sands Activists Encircle White House (PICTURES). […]

  2. Over 10,000 Protesters Circle White House — Why? | Planetsave

    […] Many protesters had witty signs or signs with quotes from Obama on how we need to end our oil addiction, how we need to be the generation to get off oil, how we need to be the generation to tackle climate change, to “stop the sees from rising” (as Obama once said he’d do). Clearly, the climate activists are trying to hold Obama to his word. For more pictures of this protest, see: Occupy the White House: Tar Sands Activists Encircle White House (PICTURES) […]

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