This Day in History

Feb. 13, 2013: Keystone Pipeline Protesters Circle White House

Time Periods: 2001-
Themes: Environment, Climate Justice, Organizing

On Feb. 13, 2013, activists circle the White House to protest the Keystone Pipeline, an oil system that transports crude oil from Canada to various locations in the U.S.

Nearly 50 environmental and social justice leaders, including Bill McKibben, NASA’s chief climate scientist James Hansen, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Daryl Hannah, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins (Green For All), Julian Bond, and many others, joined the protest of the Keystone XL Pipeline, organized by and others groups.

Keystone Pipeline Protest 2013

Environmental leaders and activists handcuff themselves to the White House gate on February 13, 2013. By George Zornick.

What are students learning about climate justice? A leading world history textbook devotes a mere three paragraphs to climate and the second paragraph begins: “Not all scientists agree with the theory of the greenhouse effect.” And then it goes on to blame oppressed countries: “so far developing countries have resisted strict limits.”

To teach outside of the textbook about climate justice, use the lessons and book below from Rethinking Schools.