SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Kayakers on the American River were calling for change while cruising by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s backyard. The paddling protestors demanded the governor put California on a path to phase out fossil fuels.

The demonstration-took shape at the Sunrise Recreation area, just yards away from Newsom’s home.

“We just want to send a message that he should stand up to big oil, not fall for their lies,” said 350 Sacramento President Ilonka Zlatar.

About a dozen self-described “kayaktivists” grabbed their posters and paddles before heading out on the water that backs up to trails near Newsom’s backyard.

Matt Leonard with the Oil and Gas Action Network said this floating fight can help lead to real change.

“It’s a great way to show people power on the water,” he said. “That water should be about people, not necessarily dependent on the industry.”

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