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‘Climate Emergency’ Banners to Appear Across DC Area

The group behind the banners said they do not plan to stop traffic, as they did last year

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Climate activists say they plan to hang banners on overpasses throughout the D.C. area starting Monday.

The group Shut Down DC says on its website that activists will "hang banners over the sides of overpasses at a number of well-traveled locations so they will be visible to commuters during morning rush hour."

Some banners went up late Sunday night.

Environmental activists are hanging banners across the D.C. area in an effort to bring awareness to a global crisis. News4's Darcy Spencer reports.

"Our idea is to do it all over major roadways and NoVa and Maryland, as well as all around D.C. We have a lot of banners. Last time I saw, it was over a hundred yards of rolled fabric, so it's going to be quite a bit," activist Travis Fried said.

"We need people to recognize that this is happening and that this is the truth. It's not something you can hide," activist Jesse Bogdan said.

The group says the banners are meant to "show decision makers and the public that the climate crisis can no longer be ignored."

Activists with the organization blocked major D.C. intersections during the morning rush in September and December of last year.

Shut Down DC told News4 on Sunday they don't plan to block traffic Monday morning.

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