Planet before Profit.
After last week's massive march on climate change, activists and protesters took on Wall Street. Three thousand people held a sit-in around the infamous charging bull statue on Wall Street, and demanded an end to the “economic system based on exploiting frontline communities, workers, and natural resources.” Protesters say that the root of the climate crisis is capitalism itself, and they want the banksters to stop profiting off of our planet's destruction.
Rising temperatures, toxic water, mega droughts, and super storms are some of the environmental risks of global warming, but these protesters wanted to shine a light on the economic causes, and dangers, of climate change. The profiteers on Wall Street are heavily invested in the fossil fuel industry, and they rake in more cash every time a company destroys a community with drilling.
These oil and gas profits continue to make billionaires richer, and help keep the working poor from gaining any economic ground. In turn for all those profits, Wall Street's investments help finance the Oil Lobby's destruction of our planet, which is already having a much more devastating effect on the world's poor.
The billionaires on Wall Street think they can afford to shield themselves from the dangers of a warming planet, but storms and droughts don't pardon those with large bank balances. They might not care about how their investments destroy the planet, but we do, and the “Flood Wall Street” protest brought our fight to their doorstep.
Now we must keep the pressure up until they put our planet ahead of oil profits.