Seattle Residents Occupy BNSF Offices to Protest Oil Trains As Paris Climate Talks Continue, Activists Call for Concrete Action on Climate Change Contact: Afrin Sopariwala, Rising Tide Seattle, (408) 598-7656, firstname.lastname@example.org Today 43 residents of Seattle occupied the BNSF office in SoDo Seattle to speak out against the company's continued involvement in fossil fuel extraction and transport. Activists brought a letter with three demands and asked to speak with the CEO, Carl Ice. Activists were immediately asked to leave and the police were called. A BNSF spokesperson said they could put the activists on the phone with Vice President Mr Anderson, claiming that they had no access to the CEO. Raging Granny Cynthia Linet read the letter out loud over speaker phone and Mr Anderson was not able to confirm that these demands could be upheld. Activists continued to stay and occupy the space, singing and chanting. The police arrived, and once they had their chain of command in place, they said they would arrest those who remained. About 30 activists then exited the building and 13 remained to get arrested. They were released after being cited for criminal trespass. “Communities of color here and worldwide are experiencing unprecedented numbers of extreme fires, floods, hurricanes, and droughts and it’s only getting worse,” said Jill Mangaliman, executive director of Got Green?. “We cannot rely on fossil fuel companies and carbon markets to fix this - they have caused this climate chaos. Instead, we must look to indigenous, black and brown frontline communities for leadership and solutions.” “We need to transition away from fossil fuels now, and BNSF could be at the forefront of that transition by moving goods and people by rail,” said Valerie Costa, a local small business owner, and one of those cited by the police. “Instead, they're contributing to catastrophic climate change by moving dangerous oil trains through our neighborhoods.” Video: https://www.facebook.com/shellnoactioncouncil/videos/vb.1625994030965721/1709558165942640/?type=2&theater
Seattle Residents Occupy BNSF Offices to Protest Oil Trains As Paris Climate Talks Continue, Activists Call for Concrete Action on Climate Change
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