After President Donald Trump's executive order on Tuesday green-lighting the construction of the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines, the Divergent star -- who was arrested last year while protesting the North Dakota oil pipeline -- appeared on MSNBC to discuss the next steps for opponents of the projects.
"We mobilize," the 25-year-old actress said as far as what protesters' response should be to Trump's executive order. "What we can do now as a population, and as a society, is hold our corporations accountable, hold our banks accountable."
"There are a lot of banks that are invested in this pipeline," Woodley explained. "Regardless of any executive order, or what our politicians wanna do, if there's no money invested in the pipelines, then they can't be build."
"I was on the ground at Standing Rock starting from September last year," the actress added, regarding last year's demonstrations that successfully halted -- or delayed -- construction of the project. "We saw all these protests, we saw people being shot with rubber bullets, I was arrested -- hundreds were arrested. People being sprayed with water cannons in sub-zero degree temperatures, trying to protect not only our earth, but also indigenous sovereignty, and indigenous rights."
Woodley also tried to make it clear what opponents believe are the primary dangers of the Dakota Access pipeline.
"This pipeline would be built underneath the Missouri River," she said. "As we know, it's not a matter of if pipelines leak, it's a matter of when pipelines leak."
"When this one is to leak, it will affect the drinking water of 18 million people," she continued. "Drinking water is not something that should be a luxury. It's not something that should be limited to privilege. It's a human right ... Whether you're a conservative or progressive, you require drinking water to survive."
As for the jobs that proponents claim the pipeline would create, Woodley argued that it's a temporary solution to a larger problem.
"I agree that it's time to bring more jobs to this country, but that's why I think we need to start investing in renewable energy," she said. "That's not a temporary job situation, that's something that would be permanent."
"If we're talking jobs, renewable energy is the way to go," Woodley said.