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Brown, Bloomberg (and Their Agenda) Face Protests at Climate Action Summit


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Brown, Bloomberg (and Their Agenda) Face Protests at Climate Action Summit

Christopher D. Cook

As Governor Jerry Brown and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg opened the Global Climate Action Summit Thursday, they were greeted by hundreds of protesters and direct action outside Moscone Center, led by the indigenous and frontline communities hit hardest by climate chaos.

For nearly three hours, protesters (two of whom were arrested) blocked summit entrances, chanted and unfurled banners stating, “Keep it in the Ground,” and “Climate Capitalism is Killing Our Planet.” As one speaker in front of Moscone Center put it, “we are the ones who are dying.”


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Another Native American, Chief Seattle said much the same thing in 1852 in response to a U.S. government inquiry about buying his tribal lands.

" But how can you buy or sell the sky? The land? If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water… how can you buy them?

Every part of the earth is sacred. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people. We are part of the earth and it is a part of us. What befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth."