Climate change activists have long resorted to publicity stunts and protests to spread their various environmentalist messages.
Most recently, a group of protesters descended on the White House to demonstrate against fossil fuels, among other things, defacing a historical statue in the process.
“This land is mine”
The group of predominantly Native American protesters chose Columbus Day to enter Lafayette Square, calling on President Joe Biden to declare climate change a national emergency.
Members of the group reportedly chanted “respect us or expect us” as some protesters vandalized a statue of Andrew Jackson.
The protest was also part of an annual campaign to replace Columbus Day with a holiday celebrating Native American heritage.
Many climate change and indigenous activists alike believe the fossil fuel industry is a continuation of the perceived “genocide” of Native Americans.
Hundreds gathered near the White House on Monday, many with signs boasting messages like “no pride in genocide” and “this land is mine.”
“May all colonizers fall”
Among the mob’s demands was an end to fossil fuel projects like the Line 3 oil pipeline. Protesters left a clear message behind with the words “expect us” spray-painted onto the base of the same Jackson statue that Black Lives Matter protesters targeted during demonstrations in the wake of Floyd Brown’s death last year.
The group Build Back Fossil Free helped organize the protest and has shared its opinion that the Biden administration has not gone far enough to “end the era of fossil fuel production” despite his cancelation of the Keystone XL pipeline.
As for the cultural concerns of the Native American protesters, Biden has already become the first president to commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
In any event, he was not in town to witness the protests taking place near his executive residence. In a statement, the president asserted: “Today, we also acknowledge the painful history of wrongs and atrocities that many European explorers inflicted on Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities.”
His message echoed advocacy groups like the Indigenous Environmental Network, which issued its own Columbus Day statement, insisting: “Our people are older than the idea of the United States of America. Another world is possible, may all colonizers fall.”