On Friday, climate activists gathered in downtown Washington DC to protest the building of a new branch of pipeline 3.
The protest, which kicked off at 8:30am at a Wells Fargo branch in downtown DC, is part of a global day of action to demand that banks cease funding the new branch of the line 3 pipeline.
Protestors painted the windows of Wells Fargo branches black to symbolize oil, and rolled oil barrels through the streets of downtown DC yelling "What do we want? Climate justice. When do we want it? Now."
Outside of another Wells Fargo branch, protestors unfurled a large black tube representing an oil pipeline which had "stop line 3" written on it.
The pipeline, which runs from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin, and would transport nearly a million barrels of tar sands per day into the US.
"Line 3 would contribute more to climate change than Minnesota’s entire economy. Minnesota’s own Department of Commerce found our local market does not need Line 3 oil. We need to decommission the old Line 3 and justly transition to a renewable, sustainable economy," states the Stop Line 3 website.
They say that the proposed pipeline would "violate the treaty rights of Anishinaabe peoples and nations," with the route crossing over wild rice fields that are essential to the Anishinaabe nation.
Extinction Rebellion DC, a "non-violent direct action" group that looks to "stop the #ClimateEmergency & Ecocide" targeted Wells Fargo branches across downtown saying that the bank "is accelerating climate breakdown, destroying the environment, endangering current and future generations, violating human rights, bulldozing over indigenous sovereignty. This is a bank that has invested $223 billion in fossil fuels since the Paris agreement."