June 28, 2013

5000+ At Bonnaroo (and Edward Sharpe!) Say No Keystone XL!

At Bonnaroo, the nation’s biggest music festival, a new wave of organizing set-off to call on President Obama to reject the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

And it couldn’t have been happening at a more important time: just this last Tuesday President Obama addressed Keystone XL in his climate speech, saying that Keystone XL must be rejected if it “significantly exacerbates climate change.”

And at Bonnaroo, people we’re organizing and taking action to show President Obama that our generation considers Keystone XL a climate disaster and wants to see President Obama reject the pipeline, and lead us into a real clean energy future.

An incredible crew with the Southern Energy Network and Energy Action Coalition spoke to over 5000 people, setting expectations with the crowd that President Obama must reject Keystone XL and recruiting people to join the movement. To put that into context, that’s over 6% of the crowd at Bonnaroo; over 1 in 20 people at Bonnaroo signed our petition, making Keystone XL and the transition to a clean energy future the biggest issue at the festival.

And it wasn’t just us talking about Keystone XL.

Members of the Tar Sands Blockade were giving workshops about their non-violent direct action campaign in Texas to stop the southern segment of Keystone XL.

And Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros who opened up a screening of Bidder 70, the film that chronicles the story of Tim DeChristopher, to a packed crowd, spoke on stage about the importance of our generation taking courageous action and the need to stop disastrous projects like Keystone XL. 

So at a festival that’s more normally remembered for epic performances from Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar, and non-stop partying and good times, another thing will be remembered moving forward: our movement and President Obama must stop the Keystone XL climate disaster.