published : 2023-09-29

Biden Interrupted by Climate Protester, Agrees to Meet After Speech

"If you shush up, I'll meet with you immediately after this"

An image of President Biden delivering his speech in Arizona, captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

President Biden delivered a speech in Arizona on Thursday when he was interrupted by a passionate climate activist.

The activist, identified as Kai Newkirk, urged the president to declare a climate emergency and take immediate action to combat the crisis.

Newkirk exclaimed, "Why have you yet to declare a climate emergency? Hundreds of Arizonans have died."

While some in the crowd tried to silence the activist, Biden responded calmly, gesturing for him to be quiet.

In a surprising turn of events, Biden offered to meet with Newkirk "immediately after this" if he stopped interrupting the speech.

A photo of Kai Newkirk, the climate activist who interrupted Biden's speech, taken with a Nikon D850.

The crowd responded with resounding applause, showing support for the president's willingness to engage with the activist.

Newkirk, who is the founder and president of For All, expressed his willingness to accept the offer, stating that he still hopes to meet with Biden.

He emphasized the importance of addressing the climate crisis and called on Biden to honor his promise to combat this "existential threat."

Newkirk has been organizing nonviolent direct action to raise awareness and push for a climate emergency declaration and the phasing out of fossil fuels.

Biden continued his speech, acknowledging that democracy is never easy, but remained committed to protecting and strengthening it.

A close-up shot of the crowd's reaction to the interaction between Biden and Newkirk, photographed with a Sony Alpha a7 III.

Photos captured the moment when Newkirk was escorted out of the venue, highlighting the intensity of the encounter.

Biden's interaction with the climate activist has sparked intrigue and debate, leaving many curious about the potential outcomes of their future meeting.

As the world grapples with the urgent need to address climate change, all eyes will be on Biden's response to this passionate plea for action.