Greenpeace activists hung a large banner reading “RESIST” from a 270-foot construction crane in downtown Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning to protest President Donald Trump.
“It is a message to this administration,” Nancy Pili Hernandez, a Greenpeace activist based in San Francisco, said on a Facebook livestream as she hung from the crane with safety harnesses. “But more than that, this is a hand-painted love letter to you. This is a message to the people.”
Environmental groups have sharply criticized several steps Trump has taken during his first days in office, including signing executive orders that revive plans to build the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.
Greenpeace confirmed in a statement that seven activists climbed the crane and hung the 70-foot by 35-foot banner, which is visible from the White House. As of 12:45 p.m. EDT, they were still perched on the crane.
“People in this country are ready to resist and rise up in ways they have never done before,” Greenpeace board chair Karen Topakian said in a statement on Wednesday. “While Trump’s disdain and disrespect for our democratic institutions scare me, I am so inspired by the multigenerational movement of progress that is growing in every state.”
The organization cited the Women’s March and related demonstrations that took place around the world last weekend, in which millions of people marched to protest Trump and voice support for a range of issues that include reproductive rights, immigrants’ rights and environmental justice.
Greenpeace, an international environmental organization, is known for using protests and demonstrations to confront authorities and politicians on environmental policy.
Greenpeace executive director Annie Leonard said Tuesday in a statement that “a powerful alliance of Indigenous communities, ranchers, farmers, and climate activists” stopped the pipeline construction and will continue to oppose it.
“Keystone, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and fossil fuel infrastructure projects like them will only make billionaires richer and make the rest of us suffer,” Leonard said. “We will resist this with all of our power and we will continue to build the future the world wants to see.”