Protesters disrupt US fossil fuel event at UN

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December 10, 2018 - 10:58 AM

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Indigenous and youth groups disrupted a U.S. government event at the U.N. climate talks today, criticizing the Trump administration’s policy of backing the extraction of fossil fuels, the burning of which increases global warming.

About 100 protesters stood up and began chanting “keep it in the ground” — a reference to ending the extraction of coal, oil and natural gas — shortly after the start of the panel called “U.S. Innovative Technologies Spur Economic Dynamism” on the sidelines of the meeting in Katowice, Poland.

As cameras swarmed around them, some of the protesters explained how their communities’ lives are affected by fossil fuel extraction. After several minutes, the activists left the room chanting “shame on you.”

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