DENVER – Founding member of 350.org Bill McKibben has been heard in recent days on alternative media speaking especially about extreme weather events that have taken place in recent years. The organization 350 first grabbed national attention though, in September of 2010 when 182 countries participated in global-wide actions to raise awareness about climate change.
On June 25, 2013 at Georgetown University President Obama said in a speech that he would oppose the pipeline if it would “significantly” increase gas emissions. It was this statement that gave activists the incentive to organize events across the country this weekend carrying symbolic papier-mache pipelines in cities such as Madison, Albuquerque, Boston, Nashville, Detroit and Houston. And at Battery Park in Manhattan which was under water last December from hurricane Sandy, protesters used chalk to draw a line where projected sea level rise would be by 2100. More than 200 rallies in forty-nine states took place including in Alaska and also including here in Denver. The rally began at the west steps of the state capitol where 200 people attended. The group left the capitol to march down the 16th Street Mall and winding around to the corporate offices of Suncorp. The Suncorp Corporation refines tar sands oil and was the focus of a major leak of toxins into Sand Creek near the South Platte River over a year ago. The final stop was the Canadian Embassy in downtown Denver