Back in January, 350 Chicago organized a direct action “Spark Joye, President Biden: Declare a Climate Emergency, and Stop Line 5.” The action was organized as part of the Jan 20th National Day of Action in honor of Joye Braun. The action took place at the John C. Kluczynski Federal Building in downtown Chicago. “Spark Joye, President Biden: Declare a Climate Emergency, and Stop Line 5.” The action was held as part of the Jan 20th National Day of Action in honor of Joye Braun.
Braun worked as the National Pipeline Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network and was the organization’s representative in The People Vs Fossil Fuels Coalition, an organization of more than 1,200 groups pressuring the federal government to declare a climate emergency in which 350 Chicago is a member of.
350 Chicago demanded President Biden take bold and decisive climate action by declaring a climate emergency. This would allow him to:
Ban crude oil exports,
Stop the flow of fossil fuel investment abroad,
Accelerate renewable energy and electric transportation funding.
January 20 also marked the two-year anniversary since our movement’s fight culminated in President Biden revoking the Keystone XL pipeline’s permit.
350 Chicago also put pressure on Biden to halt the permitting of the Line 5 oil and gas pipelines. The drinking water of millions of people in the Great Lakes region including Chicago is at stake. The President has the authority to stop the permit for Line 5 just as he did with Keystone XL.