In Eugene, protesters gathed from 5-6 p.m. at the old federal courthouse on 7th Avenue and Pearl Street to hear from a few speakers, including former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.
Protesters also urged President Obama to say no to the Keystone XL Pipeline project in Washington, D.C.
The proposed pipeline would begin in northern Alberta, Canada and extend more than a thousand miles to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day. The project needs federal approval because it would cross an international border.
Representatives from the group 350 Eugene say the pipeline will be a huge source of climate pollution.
“Say no to the pipeline but also yes to conservation, yes to a green energy policy. There’s solar. We have wind. We can come up with a future that protects our children and the planet at the same time,” said Michael Carrigan, Event Spokesperson.
Supporters say the pipeline wouldn’t significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions and would create thousands of temporary jobs.
Organizers are encouraging folks to educate themselves about the issue and get involved by reaching out to local politicians, encouraging them to lobby for action they want to see.