An estimated 35,000 people arrived in Washington DC on a brisk and windy Sunday for the "Forward on Climate Rally". Activists protested several issues that are facing North America today regarding the future of energy. A rally took place at the National Mall and a march to the White House followed.
Organized by the Sierra Club, 350.org and the Hip Hop Caucus, the "Forward on Climate Rally" promoted the Feb. 17, 2013 event on its website
"The first step to putting our country on the path to addressing the climate crisis is for President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. His legacy as president will rest squarely on his response, resolve, and leadership in solving the climate crisis," the website says.
Billed as the "largest climate rally" to take place in U.S. history, people braved the near freezing temperatures and windy conditions to gather, carrying signs protesting everything from the Keystone XL oil pipeline to fracking, nuclear energy and many concerns in between.
Carrying signs "Climate action: It's our obligation", "System change, not climate change, no tar sands, no fracking", "Cut carbon", "Forward on climate" and many more, activists gathered in hopes of being heard by President Obama and lawmakers.
Much of the emphasis was on President Barack Obama's imminent decision on whether to approve the $5.3 billion Keystone XL
pipeline. Digital Journal
had reported on this yesterday.
Several speakers addressed the crowds from the events sponsors and also included others such as Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Tom Steyer, Investor and founder of the Center for the Next Generation, Crystal Lameman, Beaver Lake Cree First Nation and Chief Jacqueline Thomas, Immediate past Chief of the Saik’uz First Nation in British Columbia and co-founder Yinka Dene Alliance, to name a few.
The rally had kicked off near the Washington Monument at noon and a march to the White House followed.
Activists chanted as they began to march down Constitution Avenue, "Hey, Obama. We don't want no climate drama", "Keep the frack out of my water", "We are unstoppable, another world is possible", and "The pipeline will fail, our planet's not for sale".
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Canada was represented at today's rally. Digital Journal reported earlier
in the week on how Obama's new emphasis on climate change could impact Canada.