Activists around the world are taking to the streets on Tuesday to rally against the Dakota Access oil pipeline and stand in solidarity with the people protesting it in North Dakota.
The November 15 #NoDAPLDayOfAction marks one of the largest coordinated efforts against the pipeline since construction began, with actions in 300 different locations across the globe. The goal, explains the website coordinating these loosely affiliated protests, is to “disrupt ‘business-as-usual’ one week after the election to demand that President Obama’s Army Corps of Engineers and the incoming administration stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.”
To that end, many of the protests have been directly aimed at local Army Corps of Engineer offices. They come just one day after the Corps announced that it needed more time to consider a request from the pipeline’s owners for permission to continue construction under a portion of the Missouri river.
Opponents of the pipeline have protested its construction for months, arguing that it puts the environment at risk—particularly as it runs alongside water reserves for the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota.
In San Francisco, protesters hit the streets with signs urging a halt to pipeline construction, and proclaiming that “water is life.”
They were joined by protests in the Twin Cities:
And Washington DC:
Other events were scheduled to take place across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America.
“This is one of the most courageous stands against a fossil fuel project this country has ever seen,” protest organizers wrote on their website. “Together, our movements stopped the Keystone XL pipeline almost one-year ago today, and an even bigger movement is rising up to stop Dakota Access and all fossil fuel infrastructure.”
“We know that elections and individuals alone don’t create change — movements do,” they continued. “That’s why we’ll continue to fight until native sovereignty is honored, indigenous rights are protected, and our communities, water, and climate matter more than fossil fuel profits.”