Covering the Break Free Direct Action Event to Keep Fossil Fuel in the Ground

April 28th, 2016

Break Free 2016In two weeks I will be covering the massive protest and civil disobedience action being called Break Free from fossil fuel. Break Free is a global wave of mass actions targeting the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects, in order to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground and accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, the Shell and Tesoro refineries at March Point near Anacortes, WA are the largest source of carbon pollution in the Northwest and refine 47% of all the gas and diesel consumed in the region.

The plan is to blockade all entrances to March Point by land and water with hundreds of folks doing nonviolent sit-ins, blockades, and kayaktivism, with some willing to risk arrest.

I will be covering this event on assignment for Issue Magazine because these protests against the status quo system usually receive very little media coverage.

In fact a recent report by Media Matters found that even during critical periods following news that 2015 had been the hottest year on record CNN spent nearly five times as much time airing fossil fuel industry advertisements than it did airing coverage of climate change. The network spent 23.5 minutes on ads from the American Petroleum Institute, compared to five minutes spent on news coverage on climate change. Just imagine the ration with more conservative news outlets like FOX?

This has the potential to be the largest protest action for moving beyond fossil fuels in history. I look forward to taking part and helping to tell this story.

Any of you interested in participating can find information here. If you are interested in participating in the Pacific Northwest action specifically find information here.

And please stay tuned for my Issue Magazine article in June.

Cylvia Hayes

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