I think we should be angry.
Exxon knew about climate change half a century ago. They robbed us of a generation’s worth of time to prevent the worst impacts from hitting people across Texas and the world. Just as Big Tobacco lied about the risks of addiction and cancer, Exxon orchestrated a campaign of doubt and deception, making hundreds of billions at the cost of people’s lives.
We’re talking about what could be the worst case of fraud in history.
The call to bring Exxon to justice is massive — and it keeps growing. More than 500,000 people across the United States have called on the Department of Justice and State Attorneys General to investigate Exxon’s lies. So far, Massachusetts, U.S. Virgin Islands, New York, and California have launched investigations, and a coalition of State AGs is forming to fight the broader fossil fuel industry’s fraud.
We need to tell shareholders that Exxon’s multi-decade fraud shows that they will never be willing to change their business model, and that the time has come to divest from destruction.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Divest from Deception #ExxonKnew Rally
WHERE: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center – 2301 Flora St, Dallas, Texas 75201
WHEN: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 7:30 AM
ENDORSERS: System Change Not Climate Change Dallas Chapter, Dallas Sierra Club, 350 Dallas, Dallas MoveOn Council, Texas Campaign for the Environment, North Texas Light Brigade, Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, Climate Truth, Oil Change International, The Nation, 350.org, and people from across Texas
We’ll be there with signs, banners, and an exciting lineup of speakers (soon to be announced — stay tuned!), raising our voices together. RSVP here.
We’re making Exxon mighty nervous. The fossil fuel industry is mounting an impressive campaign against Bill McKibben and other high profile climate activists, using video trackers, hired researchers, and digital advertisements to smear reputations. They’re following Big Tobacco’s playbook practically to a tee — but it won’t work.
They’re fighting back because pressure from people is working. Let’s not back down.
We’ve got a movement behind us that’s bigger, bolder, and more organized than ever: the hundreds of thousands of people calling to bring Exxon to justice, and the insurgent movement to break free from fossil fuels is rising in every corner of the planet. On May 25th, they’ll be watching what unfolds in Dallas.
Guido for the 350.org team