Photos: ‘Shut Down DC’ participants block off intersections to strike climate change

Media Credit: Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

Jon X., 20, poses for a portrait during the "Shut Down DC" protest at 16th and K streets.

Environmental activists blocked off some intersections between Capitol Hill and downtown Washington Monday to press government officials to act upon rising temperatures across the globe. The “Shut Down DC” protest comes days after activists flooded the streets for a “Global Climate Strike” Friday and was timed with the start of the United Nations Action Climate Summit in New York.

Arielle Bader | Assistant Photo Editor

A group of protestors walk toward the blockade at the front of the street.

Arielle Bader | Assistant Photo Editor

Activists create a human chain to block off the road at the “Shut Down DC” protest Monday morning.

Arielle Bader | Assistant Photo Editor

Lesley Argotti, from Ecuador, holds a sign at the “Shut Down DC” protest Monday morning.

Arielle Bader | Assistant Photo Editor

Seth Newmeyer writes facts about climate change in chalk at the “Shut Down DC” protest Monday morning at the intersection of 12th Street and Independence Avenue.

Arielle Bader | Assistant Photo Editor

Lucian Stone and Sarah Elmendorf chant during the “Shut Down DC” protest Monday morning. The two traveled from western Massachusetts to participate in the shutdown.

Zach Brien | Photographer

Protestors close off the road with a boat.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

Chalk reads, “Earth on Fire” in the middle of a street during a city-wide shutdown to protest climate change.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

A protestor leads a chant at the “Shut Down DC” protest Monday.

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer

Police use power tools and forcibly remove a protestor chained to a boat on 16th & K streets.

Arielle Bader | Assistant Photo Editor

A Metropolitan Police Department officer watches protestors block the road.

Arielle Bader | Assistant Photo Editor

A “Shut Down DC” protestor holds a sign during a rally at the intersection of 12th Street and Independence Avenue.

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