Students that started at Georgetown University have been protesting in front of the White House in an attempt to persuade President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that would travel from Canada to Texas. Hundreds of those protesters have been arrested in what could be considered one of the largest student movements of this generation.
It was a group of environmentally conscious members of the student body that proposed the protest. President Obama promised that he would not approve the proposition if it increased greenhouse gas emissions in a significant way. Students say that the pipeline is not only terrible for the environment and would affect climate change on a large scale, it would also affect the health of the citizens living around it.
“An entire movement has thrown itself into in this Keystone fight, from local frontline groups to big national green organizations,” Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, writes. “But this weekend shows the power and bravery of some of the most crucial elements: young people, and activists who understand the centrality of environmental justice.”
Signs read, “No Oil In Our Soil” and “Decline the Pipeline.” The students also organized a mock oil spill in which students covered themselves in plastic hazmat suits, in the street, in front of Secretary Kerry’s house. They did this again in front of the White House as police were getting rid of the students.
This movement does not seem to be going away any time soon. The youths of this generation seem to be more passionate than ever before, and are ready to take a stand as, “the future of this country.” A label everyone else seems to enjoy reminding them of. The students have made their point and now it is up to President Obama to make the final call as to whether or not the construction of this pipeline will begin.