Last year, Extinction Rebellion DC hung a 20-foot banner across the Wilson Building — the seat of the District government. The banner read “NO NEW FOSSIL FUELS.” The Earth Day demonstration protested the planned installation of new natural-gas lines in the city by Washington Gas. This year, we hear from Extinction Rebellion DC organizer Reilly Polka ahead of Earth Day 2023. Polka talks about the organization’s continued fight against Washington Gas, why she wants D.C. to electrify its energy grid and how she deals with the anxiety that often comes with facing a depressing environmental forecast.
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