EUGENE, Ore. — Environmental activists rallied against the use of fossil fuels Sunday.
Local protesters coordinated their rally with the thousands that gathered in Washington, D.C. to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline and other controversial energy plans.
Demonstrators gathered at the University of Oregon campus where they laid out their demands to Congress to focus on clean energy. Protesters called the fossil fuel industry toxic and dangerous to personal and environmental health.
Organizers of the march say this issue has been neglected and they aren’t going to be silent about it.
“Politicians must stop supporting profit, which destroys the living system that supports all life on this earth. In the name of the humans and non-humans murdered at the hands of the extractive industry, we will not rest until our demands are met,” said one protester.
The march took a bit of a turn when protesters rolled a dumpster out into the street. Eugene Police officers stopped the demonstrators. Organizers warned demonstrators that they planned to encounter resistance from the police, but Eugene Police says no arrests were made after Sunday’s events.