Keep It in the Ground: September 15th in Washington D.C.

Start: Thursday, September 15, 201610:00 AM

In the past year, the Keep It in the Ground campaign to stop federal fossil fuel leasing  has grown by leaps and bounds. Together, we have protested at every single federal lease auction in 2016, with rapidly increasing participation and escalation.

We’ve seen some astounding victories in the past year, in partnership with allies who have fought long and hard for these changes. The Obama Administration put a moratorium on federal coal leasing, and issued a programmatic review of the federal coal program to finally consider climate impacts. Offshore drilling in the Atlantic was banned for the next 5 years. Climate champions in Congress have introduced a House and Senate version of the Keep it in the Ground Act, legislation calling for an end to fossil fuel extraction on our public lands. Eight fossil fuel lease sale auctions have been postponed or cancelled. Reports, petitions, protests, and news stories add more pressure every day.

With this growing movement, the stakes are high. The Obama Administration is in its final home stretch, and the urgency is critical. Millions of acres of the Gulf of Mexico and thousands of acres of land throughout the West are still being leased and sold for fracking, oil and gas drilling. And the Arctic Ocean is still on the table for future oil and gas drilling.

On September 15, 2016, we’re going back to the White House to renew our call and showcase the strength and diversity of our movement by delivering one million petitions calling on the President to end new coal, oil, and natural gas leasing on public lands and waters. That day is also just five days before the first online public lands oil and gas auction -  an underhanded attempt to keep the public out of the auction process. We’ve forced them into hiding from the power of our movement, but It’s time to tell the Administration that we are not going away -- we are only growing stronger.

WHERE: Lafayette Square• 16th St. & Pennsylvania Ave. NW, , Washington , DC 20006

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 15th at 10am

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