A group of Nebraskan farmers and ranchers are trying get President Obama’s attention with a sustainable energy barn built directly in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. Recently highlighted by The People in the Path, these citizen activists use sustainable energy and the power of local communities to fight against the multi-billion dollar tar sands pipeline.

The Build Our Energy Barn is the latest story captured by the “People in the Path” online video series, which features stories from communities who would be affected by the proposed pipeline. Calling Keystone XL an empty investment, “full of risk and no reward,” these Nebraskan activists warn TransCanada that by installing a tar sands pipeline, “they’re messing with some deep sacred family roots.”

The video shows a diverse, local community of all ages coming together to build the solar- and wind-powered barn, each builder donning an anti-Keystone XL slogan. If TransCanada gets what they want, they’re going to have to tear up sustainable energy to keep their dirty, dangerous tactics,” says Nebraskan activist and sixth-generation family farmer Meghan Hammond.

A symbol of opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, the barn will also serve as an educational resource for the community to learn about sustainable energy alternatives that could benefit the agricultural industry. The project was funded with $65,000 raised from more than 1,200 online donors and constructed by volunteers across two weekends in September.

+ The People in the Path

Via Clean Technica