The science is clear. We must keep the majority of remaining fossil fuels in the ground. As NASA climatologist Jim Hansen has written, mining the Canadian tar sands means game over for the climate.
The new State Department study “cooked the books” on the impact of Keystone. The time is NOW for us to liberate our children and grandchildren from fossil fuels, beginning this year with the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. The buck stops at the President’s desk.
We must remind the President that stopping the Keystone XL pipeline from being built on US soil is one vital step which he can take unilaterally. He has spoken eloquently in the State of the Union about our personal responsibility to act on climate change. His words about our duty towards our children and the future are clear: “This is our first task, caring for our children… If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged.” Our responsibility as citizens is to hold the president accountable to his own words.
Hallie is a member of iMatter Youth Council
So together we walk, children and adults, from Camp David, Maryland to Washington, DC, to tell President Obama and other policy makers that enough is enough. We must keep the majority of fossil fuels in the ground. We demand climate action now! Go to the Register page to learn more.
The Walk itself will be a profound request and prayer for moral vision, determination, and courage to President Obama and all national and international policy makers. The Keystone XL pipeline must not be constructed across United States territory. We must do our part in trying to preserve Alberta’s boreal forest and the indigenous lands and peoples that tar sands mining is exploiting. We must keep the vast majority of coal, tar sands, shale oil and natural gas in the ground so that we leave our grandchildren the legacy of beautiful land, pure water and a stable climate, which we inherited from our ancestors.
As we walk, we look forward to talking to the people in the communities along our route. We will be listening for their concerns and ideas about how together we can respond to the dangers posed by fossil fuels. And we will take their message with us to the White House.
The Walk will conclude at the White House on Saturday July 27, with a ceremony and rally featuring the voices of concerned youth, including a commitment ceremony based on the Declaration of youth of the United States of America of Independence from Fossil Fuels as we deliver our message of Climate Action NOW to President Obama.
For more info about the Walk, see our FAQ.