Climate activists shut down Seattle's Fourth Avenue, two banks

  • Sep 17, 2021
  • KUOW

Spokespeople for Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase did not respond to requests for comment.

“Climate change is not a lie. Do not let our planet die,” a protester shouted through a bullhorn outside the two banks.

While the whole planet is not going to die, a study published in the latest issue of the journal Nature finds that 83% of Canadian tar-sands oil needs to stay in the ground to give the world even a fifty-fifty chance at preventing the global climate from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. That is the goal international climate negotiators have agreed to aim for — but that is rapidly slipping out of reach as fossil fuel combustion continues to pump more heat-trapping pollution into the sky.

Seattle police say Fourth Avenue was shut down for about an hour.