On today’s Fire Drill Friday, we’ll be discussing an executive action to end new fossil fuel leasing on our public lands and waters. We’ll be joined by frontline activists Quannah Chasinghorse and Jayeesha Dutta, who know first-hand the impacts the threat of drilling has on their communities in the Arctic and in the Gulf of Mexico, and why it’s so important that Biden takes action within his first 100 days in office to prevent climate chaos, end fossil fuel racism, and improve well-being for millions of people.
You can join in this fight by signing Greenpeace’s petition demanding President-elect Joe Biden ban new oil and gas permits on public lands and waters by visiting: http://firedrillfridays.com/nonewoil
About the guests:
Quannah Chasinghorse, age 18 is from the Han Gwich’in and Oglala Lakota tribes and lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is an Indigenous land protector for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, protecting those sacred lands from oil development and fighting for climate justice. Quannah’s deep connection to the lands and her people’s way of life guides and informs everything she does and stands for. She is passionate about Indigenous rights, MMIWG and representation. She is an avid snowboarder, guitar player, and is apprenticing as a traditional Indigenous tattoo artist. Quannah was honored to make the 2020 list of Teen Vogue’s “Top 21 under 21.”
Jayeesha Dutta is a start-up entrepreneur currently working on opening Mar Bari, the ‘social justice spa’ and a co-founding member of the Another Gulf Is Possible Collaborative. She serves on the boards for the Climate Justice Alliance, Alternate ROOTS, South Asian Americans Leading Together & Eyewitness Palestine.