Climate Justice Protestors that “Shut Down” D.C. on Monday returned to the streets again this Friday Morning

Global attention on climate justice has increased during the month of September due to the efforts of activists who fear climate change the most: children.

Swedish Environmentalist Activist Greta Thunberg has turned a lot of heads to the issue not only from starting the Fridays for the Future protests but also after she and 15 other young activists addressed the UN directly by calling out those in power for, “taking away dreams and childhood with their empty words and promises.”

From September 20-27, strikes for climate justice were happening around the world. The protests, young activists, and the increase in media coverage has brought a lot of momentum to environmentalist, which can still be felt across the world.

Early this morning at 7 a.m., protestors gathered in downtown Washington D.C. for climate justice. Their route hit the EPA, Wells Fargo, the Trump Hotel, and the investment firm BlackRock according to tweets from Washington Post reporter Marissa J. Lang.

Friday’s protest was a bit different than Monday’s. Multiple climate and social justice groups gathered to block 22 major intersections of D.C. during rush hour in efforts to mobilize the #ShutDownDC movement. 32 protesters were arrested, including a few who chained themselves to a full-sized boat that was to symbolize the rising water levels.

According to Lang, no one was arrested or injured during Friday’s rallies. The large group marched their course with multiple banners and chants in hopes to put more pressure on those in power.

Groups to celebrate Fourth Annual “Hands Across the Appalachian Trail”

On Saturday, September 28, community members, environmental groups, and protectors of the Appalachian Trail will gather from 11:00 am-1:00pm in Pearisburg and Lyndhust, Va. and on Sunday, September 29, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm in Bluemont, Va. for the fourth annual “Hands Across the Appalachian Trail.”

This two-day community event features speakers, music, colorful artwork and calls for attendees to protect and preserve the Appalachian Trail, currently under threat from the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. 

Who: Members of the public, community groups, environmental organizations 

When: Giles/Pearisburg, Saturday, September 28, 11:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. Where: 2030 Narrows Road, Pearisburg, VA 24134 

When: Humpback Rocks, Saturday, September 28, 11:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. Where: Humpback Rocks Visitor’s Center and Picnic Area, Milepost 5.8, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Lyndhurst, VA 22952 

When: Bears Den, Sunday, September 29, 11:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. Where: 18393 Blue Ridge Mountain Road, Bluemont, VA 20135 

What: Celebratory rally with featured speakers, live music and refreshments, visuals including signs/banners