Left-Wing Climate Group Endorses Trump Protests, Walk-outs
By Aly Nielsen
More than two months after the 2016 presidential election, liberal climate change activists are still nowhere near accepting that Donald Trump will be the 46th president of the U.S.
350.org, a “global grassroots climate movement,” has been busy promoting January as a “month of resistance” to “defeat Donald Trump’s dangerous fossil fuel agenda.” The month’s plans, which included “flooding” Congress with phone calls to “stop Trump’s climate denier picks,” and protesting Trump’s “climate denier cabinet,” will culminate in three days of nationwide anti-Trump protests.
On January 20 and 21, 350.org and other climate organizations are joining the “major demonstrations” that are taking place in Washington, D.C. 350.org directs readers to the Climate Justice J20 Facebook page, which is sponsoring a Jan. 18-21 Climate Change focused Trump protest.
In addition to the inauguration protests, 350.org is also organizing a “Resist and Reject Denial Day” on January 23. Students all over the country are encouraged to leave class and “hold emergency climate meetings” to demand their colleges reject “Trump’s denial” and provide “moral leadership” to divest from fossil fuels.
350.org founder Bill McKibben wrote an op-ed in December, sobbing “we’re going to be dealing with an onslaught of daily emergencies during the Trump years.” McKibben also suggested making the fossil fuel industry suffer “through campaigns like fossil fuel divestment and through fighting every pipeline and every coal port.”
It is no surprise that 350.org is backed by donors like The Park Foundation, George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, and several Rockefeller Groups.
350.org’s expenses for fiscal year 2015 were $8,954,000, according to its Annual Report. Its income was more than $11 million, including $7,795,000 from foundations and more than $3.3 million from individual donors.