Daryl Hannah is set to join thousands on Monday in Washington, D.C. for what’s being billed as the largest mass civil disobedience rally for the climate in U.S. history. The protest will take place at the Capitol Power Plan — the only coal-burning plant in the District, and a major source of sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and soot.
“We need to send a message to Congress and the president that we want them to take the actions that are needed to preserve climate for young people and future generations and all life on the planet,” said Dr. James Hansen, NASA’s chief climate scientist in a video posted on capitolclimateaction.org. “What has become clear from the science is that we cannot burn all of the fossil fuels without creating a very different planet. The only practical way to solve the problem is to phase out the biggest source of carbon — and that’s coal.”
According to the website, the rally is intended to peacefully disrupt access to the plant by surrounding it. Obviously, the 2,500 people expected to attend all face the risk of arrest — but that hasn’t stopped people like Daryl Hannah from standing up for what they believe in before. In 2006, the Splash star was arrested after she refused to come down from a tree while protesting the destruction of an inner-city LA garden. Joining her in D.C. on Monday will be Hansen, former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, singer Kathy Mattea and James Gustave Speth, dean of Yale University’s School of Forestry. Susan Sarandon, who recently recorded a PSA for the event calling on people to join the rally, will be unable to attend due to a scheduled performance.
To find out more on the event, jump to the Capitol Climate Action website here.