Washington, DC — Today, at a Women for Hillary fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Lilly Daigle and Adrienne Lowry, two young women deeply concerned about climate change, silently disrupted the event to call on Clinton to cut ties with fossil fuel interests.
During the event, Daigle and Lowry held up two subsequent banners that read “Women Against Fossil Fuel Money.”
“Any politician who accepts money from lobbyists of an industry whose business model is predicated on digging up fossil fuels can’t be expected to protect our climate and our communities,” said Lilly Daigle. “There is a new standard for fossil fuel interests in politics: no amount of money is acceptable”
Multiple studies have shown that, globally, women disproportionately bear the impacts of climate change.
“Climate change is inherently an issue of justice — women, low-income communities and communities of color around the world continue to be disproportionately affected by the devastation wreaked by climate chaos,” said Daigle.
The influence of fossil fuel lobbyists and industry interests in politics has been at the forefront of this presidential election. Reports confirm that Clinton’s biggest campaign bundlers have come from fossil fuel lobbyists. The Clinton campaign has received donations from industry lobbyists, including ExxonMobil’s Theresa Fariello.
“Just last week, Secretary Clinton announced she was not interested in the endorsement of someone who denies climate change like Charles Koch. The question is, then, why does she still take money from lobbyists for companies that lied about climate change for decades?” said Adrienne Lowry. “Young people like me are showing up to let Clinton know what we want to see from a future president. As a young woman gravely concerned about climate change, I really hope she listens.”
350 Action has not endorsed any presidential candidate and is working in primary states to urge candidates for president to take bold action on climate change by pledging to keep fossil fuels in the ground and support a just transition to a 100% renewable energy economy that works for all.
Contact: Lindsay Meiman, 350 Action, +1 (347) 460-9082
Daigle and Lowry both available for media requests.