October 30th, 2016 Last Updated on: December 28th, 2016
Mark Ruffalo has always used his celebrity to speak out against issues such as fracking, climate change, and most recently the Dakota Access Pipeline. This week he joined up with the cause in North Dakota and met up with folks on the frontline. They even helped deliver solar panels to the camps!
Actor Mark Ruffalo and Native Renewables founder Wahleah Johns presented Standing Rock Sioux tribal elders with mobile solar panels on trailers, bringing clean power to the protest encampment where the largest gathering of Native Americans in modern history is taking a stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
“This pipeline is a black snake that traverses four states and 200 waterways with fracked Bakken oil,” said Ruffalo, co-founder of The Solutions Project, which works to accelerate the transition to 100% clean and renewable energy. “We know from experience that pipelines leak, explode, pollute and poison land and water. But it doesn’t have to be that way.”
The solar trailers will provide clean energy to power medical tents and other critical facilities for Native American protesters and their allies at the encampment. The trailers symbolize a healthy, equitable, prosperous energy future made possible by clean renewable energy.
“Water is life,” said Johns, a Navajo leader. “By leading a transition to energy that is powered by the sun, the wind and water, we ensure a better future for all of our people and for future generations.”
Ruffalo was joined by Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. on the frontlines
Here is the actor on Facebook Live via The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell
Actor Mark Ruffalo talks with CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper about protesting with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe to fight the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.
So glad more celebrities are joining the cause and helping get the word out about #NoDAPL!!
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