SoCal 350 Climate Action held Build Back Fossil Free COVID-safe actions around Los Angeles to demand that President Biden use his executive powers to stop the Line 3 and Dakota Access Pipelines. We also emphasized local and statewide issues like 100% Clean, Renewable Energy for LA, outlawing neighborhood oil and gas drilling and storage locally and statewide, and calling upon the California Coastal Commission to deny crude importation permits to Chevron until they pay their $9.5 billion debt to Ecuador for dumping and spills committed for decades in the Amazon River Basin.
— 350 US (@350_US) April 15, 2021
We organized two separate actions during the national week of action: one at the Army Corps of Engineers office on Wilshire Boulevard in Downtown Los Angeles, and another near the Army Corps office on Burbank Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley. We were joined by Food and Water Watch, Idle No More, Extinction Rebellion Los Angeles, Climate Reality San Fernando Valley, Valley Justice LA, among others.
Together we can help tell the story of how these fossil fuel fights are all part of the larger picture of organizing against the ongoing extraction and destruction of Indigenous and frontline communities everywhere. That’s why we need Biden to use his executive powers to avert further climate devastation, and end all of these projects once and for all by stopping all new federal permits for fossil fuel projects.
Below, we outline three major areas of concentration that translate into 25 key executive actions that Biden can take from Day One to protect and invest in communities, end the era of fossil fuel production, and #BuildBackFossilFree. Every action should come with strong labor standards to protect workers’ rights and be developed with meaningful consultation with Indigenous peoples, workers, frontline communities, and other affected constituencies.
1. Protect and invest in the Black, Indigenous, Brown, and working-class communities that have borne the brunt of fossil fuel pollution and climate disaster.
2. Reject new fossil projects, eliminate giveaways to oil, gas, and coal corporations, and end the era of fossil fuel production.
3. Launch a national climate mobilization to Build Back Fossil Free, delivering jobs, justice, and opportunity for all.