demonstrators protesting the Trump administration’s endorsement of fossil fuel extraction and resistance to cleaner energy forms disrupted a U.S.-sponsored event at the United Nations COP24 climate conference on Monday, Reuters reported.
Approximately 100 protesters, who chanted “keep it in the ground,” interrupted the “U.S. Innovative Technologies Spur Economic Dynamism” panel by grabbing the microphone from a speaker.
None of the panelists, who were supporters of fossil fuels and nuclear power, mentioned climate change or global warming, according to The Guardian. Instead, they promoted “innovation and entrepreneurship” in developing forms of energy such as “clean coal” and nuclear power.
“I’m 19 years old and I’m pissed,” Vic Barrett, a plaintiff in the Juliana vs. U.S. lawsuit, said. “I am currently suing my government for perpetuating the global climate change crisis … Young people are at the forefront of leading solutions to address the climate crises and we won’t back down.”