Climate change activists send Healey a message at the Vatican

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State officials walk past protestors every day to get into the State House, as Extinction Rebellion Boston has held a vigil on Beacon Hill every day for almost a year calling for the state to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure.

But it’s called global warming and even in Italy, Gov. Maura Healey cannot escape their calls.

The governor is at the Vatican this week attending a climate summit, meeting with the pope and Italian business leaders who are thinking about establishing or expanding a footprint in Massachusetts.

Extinction Rebellion Boston is part of a global movement asking governments around the world to declare climate emergencies and commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ban fossil fuels.

On Thursday, Extinction Rebellion Rome took up their Boston allies’ outcry, according to the group’s Facebook page. At least two protestors staked out Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City holding “No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure In Massachusetts” signs.

“For nearly a year, XR Boston has been leading the NO NEW FOSSIL FUELS INFRASTRUCTURE campaign, organizing daily principals to call on Governor Maura Haeley to block the construction of any new fossil infrastructure,” says a post on their Facebook, that has been translated from Italian.

The post later adds, “XR Boston’s calls for climate justice resonate globally, including here in Italy. We cannot afford to ignore the devastating impacts of fossil fuel projects on our planet and communities.”

The Boston-based climate group has staged protests at the State House over the last year, including mooning the Senate and getting arrested in both Healey’s office and the House of Representatives for remaining after the building closed to the public.

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