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Climate activists hope to bring U.S. capital to standstill on September 23

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Environmental groups, including Extinction Rebellion, said on Wednesday they plan to shut down traffic in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 23 and bring daily life to a standstill to demand action by U.S. politicians on tackling climate change.

FILE PHOTO: Protesters wearing Brazilian carnival costumes dance during a demonstration by climate activists Extinction Rebellion group to demand protection for the Amazon rainforest outside the embassy of Brazil in Brussels, Belgium August 26, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo

The roughly 15 groups planning the protest include traditional environmental groups like 350 DC and Friends of the Earth Action, as well as groups that focus on other issues, such as Black Lives Matter and Code Pink, a women-led group promoting peace and human rights.

Kaela Bamberger, an activist aligned with Extinction Rebellion DC, said the coalition plans to ratchet up pressure on policymakers by shutting down traffic at major intersections because rallies, marches and petitions have not worked.