Over the President’s Day weekend more than 70 activists from 10 states and representing countless organizations convened once again at 909 Centre Road, a Delaware Department of Transportation right of way near President Joe Biden’s home. This event was attended not by centrist environmentalists but rather by organizations at the intersection of climate, class, racial and environmental justice. The demands of Occupy Biden are that President Biden declare a national climate emergency and pledge to allow no new fossil fuel projects. A peaceful but vocal and committed crowd of mostly teen and young adult activists took these demands to Biden’s residence along with drummers, banners, and solidarity chants such as “climate change is class war.”
Dover, DE - A coalition of progressives and environmental groups are challenging lawmakers to sign on to a set of green New Year’s resolutions to kick off the 2022 session. Says participant Phillip Bannowsky, “this is a way to separate the committed from the compromised.” The activists claim in their text that confronting the climate crisis “has been impeded by the short-sighted interests of powerful economic players.” Specifically, they call for a Green Amendment to the Delaware Constitution and support current legislation in the pipeline, including HB 259, requiring an emergency alert system to inform citizens when disasters like Croda’s November 25, 2018, toxic leak erupted, which injured workers at their Atlas Point plant as well as neighbors and motorists on the Delaware Memorial Bridge.
This week, environmental advocates addressed intensifying fossil fuel pollution, climate injustices, and the Biden administration’s failure to take the lead on climate crisis solutions during the Occupy Biden protests near Joe Biden’s Wilmington, DE home. Their goal remains to increase the pressure on the President to declare a climate emergency and end new fossil fuel projects. The actions are being led by local community leaders and supported by dozens of environmental and social justice groups from around the country, and have resulted in hundreds of people taking action. The Occupy Biden actions began on Christmas Day, December 25, and will culminate in a rally and march at 1 pm. New Year's Day, January 1.
Delaware - This week, environmental advocates addressed intensifying fossil fuel pollution, climate injustices, and the Biden administration’s failure to take the lead on climate crisis solutions during the Occupy Biden protests in Wilmington, DE. Their goal remains to increase the pressure on the President to declare a climate emergency. The Delawarean led actions are supported by dozens of environmental and social justice groups from around the country and have resulted in hundreds of people taking action. They began on Christmas Day, December 25, and will continue through New Year Day, January 1. The focus of the day’s protest was solutions to our climate crisis.
Today, Governor Tom Wolf voted with the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Delaware to ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin and to remove from consideration regulations that would have allowed the transfer of water from the basin to fracking operations elsewhere and the importing of fracking wastewater for treatment, processing, storage, or disposal. We congratulate our allies who have fought for this ban for 11 years and worked to stop the additional regulations proposed in 2017. The reasons cited for today’s decision include the rapidly growing body of peer-reviewed science on the adverse impacts of shale gas development and evidence of the harms done in areas outside the basin for more than a decade.