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Berkeley Fossil Fools Day Action
As part of an international day of action, a group of us in Berkeley protested war and global warming.
A global day of action had been called for April 1, The traditional April Fools Day. This year the Rising Tide Network called for people to hold Fossil Fools Day actions to protest the burning of fossil fuels and the global WARming that comes with it.
One person called our attention to this idea only a few days before the event. With a couple emails, a flier and a sign making party we were ready. Twenty people on bikes came and attached signs and flags to their bikes.
We rode around town and announced that a draft had been started for more troops to Iraq, that the polar ice caps are fine, that Americans can continue a lifestyle of consumption and that everything was OK. April Fools. We wished everyone a "Happy oil war."
We stopped at numerous gas stations and three car dealerships, all within a preposterously small area. We rode through and put up stickers and created moments of chaos to symbolize the political and environmental chaos that the unabated burning of fossil fuels creates.
The action was fun and exciting and done with a minimum of effort. While it was small, we all left ready for more in the future.
Actions took place all over the word, well a few other places. Check out http://www.fossilfoolsdayofaction.org/category/front-page/
Protest at 76.
Stickering the pumps at Valero. We know the Socialists love Chavez, but California had to change the Clean Air Act to burn that dirty Venezualan oil.
The nozzles wilted and died.
Ridding down a main car street.
Chevron nozzles hung themselves.
Ridding down a main car street and freeway outlet.
Ridding into a car dealership.
"Think Green" demands the car adds, but the only green will be the dollars the car companies make. Cars are never green, as in an alternative to destroying the world - they are the main cause of it.
Those gas prices sure have gone up. They are almost on par with global prices but far below the actual cost to this world as a life supporting place.
Fun on bikes is better than war.
Sticker on a gas pump.
The ride goes down another main car street to get the word out.
A police car chases cyclists who first ignore the officer then make a game of getting away by turning down a street with barricades to stop cars.
cyclists loop around when the cop goes around the block and pass through the barricades again.
The flag says it all.
We hide out from the cops in an army uniform and with a plastic sword.