A number of climate change activists picketed the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday night as part of increasingly public protests over fears of global warming.
The organization Climate Defiance accused President Joe Biden of committing “ecocide” on Twitter. The group called for other protests, citing “direct action,” such as a strike, blockade, or “mass occupation.”
The group called for a “blockade” of the annual event, citing Biden’s recent decision to allow drilling at the Willow Project site in Alaska.
“We have only a few years left,” the group tweeted. “Our very lives are at stake. And yet our political leaders wine and dine and laugh as though everything is ok.”
The group promised a protest so large that “arrests will be impossible.”
'Green New Deal!': Climate demonstrators staged a protest in Washington, D.C. on the evening of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner pic.twitter.com/pYLcTjYDgo
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The protesters also accused Biden of stabbing “us in the back.”
“No more drilling!” shouted protesters outside of the dinner.
The activists promised to separate their numbers by “affinity groups per action roles” and to “keep everyone updated through the day of the action.”
In March, the president signed off on the Willow Project drilling site, which is projected to bring 180,000 barrels of oil from Alaska each day.
The action comes as global warming protesters have become bolder in their actions. A number of artworks across the planet have been defaced as a means to protest climate change. Many of these priceless works of art are protected by casings to prevent permanent damage.
The most recent such protest occurred this week in Washington D.C.
Protesters painted the case that contained “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” by Edgar Degas at the National Gallery of Art. The two protesters were then removed by police. The area around the artwork needed to be closed off after the protesters spread red paint on the casing. The two protesters were members of the climate organization Declare Emergency.
Last year, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” was almost defaced by climate protesters. The protesters attempted to glue themselves to the painting but were instead removed from the museum. The effort followed a similar glue incident regarding Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” in the Netherlands.