Civic duty is in his blood, after all. High school student — and Taylor Swift‘s ex! — Conor Kennedy was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 13 after he and a group of protestors attached themselves to the White House gate in a peaceful protest to bring attention to climate change.
The 18-year-old joined 47 other celebrities, civil rights leaders and environmental activists in a bid to get President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which they claim would carry “dirty oil” into the United States.
“The threat to our planet’s climate is both grave and urgent,” civil rights activist Julian Bond said in a statement. “Although President Obama has declared his own determination to act, much that is within his power to accomplish remains undone, and the decision to allow the construction of a pipeline to carry millions of barrels of the most-polluting oil on Earth from Canada’s tar sands to the Gulf Coast of the U.S. is in his hands.”
One of the famous faces in the crowd Wednesday was Kennedy’s father, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is also known for his political activism. Actress Daryl Hannah also lent her star power to the cause.
The group was summarily arrested during the afternoon, and sources tell Yahoo News that both Kennedy and his father were cheered by name as they were led away.
The high schooler previously made headlines for his brief summer romance with Swift, 23, during a Kennedy family getaway last Fourth of July, but the pair went their separate ways in October 2012.
“They quietly parted ways a while ago,” a friend confirmed to Us exclusively at the time. “It was just a distance thing. No hard feelings. They’re fine.”
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