“I’m willing to risk my arrest, because if Heartland Institute gets its way, it could be the end of civilization as we know it,” stated Alice Coffey an activist who risked arrest at today’s event.
“Anyone who can deny climate change has never been to Texas where there is an historic record drought caused by the climate crisis, or Arizona, where we no longer have monsoon season, but haboob season – just wind, and dirt and heat, but no rain,” said Ian Fecke-Stoudt, who also participated in the climate confrontation.
A second group held a rally outside the event earlier in the day. Scores of activists demonstrated outside the Hilton Hotel protesting the Institute and the Conference while a banner was dropped from a hotel window.
“The Heartland Institute exists to spread climate disinformation to protect the profits of the few,” said Josh Trost of Rising Tide Chicago. “Climate Deniers have no right participating in policy discussions. Daily, the global scientific consensus strengthens as planetary health indicators decline. Each lie is a theft from the remaining time we have to act to limit escalating climate chaos..
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