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John Beard Jr., a Climate Justice activists from the Port Arthur Community Action Network, posing for a portrait at Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C. before marching outside the White House for the third day on a row to protest against the continued use of fossil fuels. (Eman Mohammed/Survival Media Agency)
John Beard Jr., a Climate Justice activists from the Port Arthur Community Action Network, posing for a portrait at Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C. before marching outside the White House for the third day on a row to protest against the continued use of fossil fuels. (Eman Mohammed/Survival Media Agency)

Climate protesters clashed with police in Washington D.C. Thursday night as part of a week of demonstrations demanding action on climate change. They're calling on President Biden to declare a climate emergency and stop all new fossil fuel projects.

That's a big ask of Democrats, who are still struggling to pass bills investing in infrastructure and the social safety net that would include money for climate action.

Here & Now's Tonya Mosley speaks with John Beard, director of the Port Arthur Community Action Network.

This segment aired on October 15, 2021.

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