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article imageThousands of environmental activists rally on National Mall Special

By Leigh Goessl     Feb 17, 2013 in Environment
Washington - Tens of thousands of climate change activists descended on the National Mall in Washington, DC. People came from numerous U.S. states and Canada to protest various actions relating to energy forms.
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.
Activists arriving on the National Mall for the  Forward on Climate  Rally and March on Feb. 17  201...
Activists arriving on the National Mall for the "Forward on Climate" Rally and March on Feb. 17, 2013.
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The rally kicked off near the Washington Monument. After several speakers addressed the crowd  the m...
The rally kicked off near the Washington Monument. After several speakers addressed the crowd, the march assembled, walking to the White House.
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Environmental activists listen to speakers
Environmental activists listen to speakers
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Activists at the day s event had various concerns  all relating to energy and environmental issues.
Activists at the day's event had various concerns, all relating to energy and environmental issues.
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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.
Tens of thousands of people gathered for the rally that took place on the National Mall
Tens of thousands of people gathered for the rally that took place on the National Mall
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Group of activists holding up signs related to nuclear energy
Group of activists holding up signs related to nuclear energy
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Activists at  Forward on Climate  rally on Feb. 17  2013
Activists at "Forward on Climate" rally on Feb. 17, 2013
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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".
Additional images from today's event:
Many of the people who attended the day s event were protesting the Keystone XL pipeline
Many of the people who attended the day's event were protesting the Keystone XL pipeline
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Crowd assembles to listen to the rally s speakers which were broadcast on large screens.
Crowd assembles to listen to the rally's speakers which were broadcast on large screens.
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Crowd assembles on Constitution Avenue and prepares to march on to the White House
Crowd assembles on Constitution Avenue and prepares to march on to the White House
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An estimated 35 000 people braved the cold weather to attend the Feb. 17  2013 event
An estimated 35,000 people braved the cold weather to attend the Feb. 17, 2013 event
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 Stop Keystone  banner is carried on the march to the White House
"Stop Keystone" banner is carried on the march to the White House
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Woman carrying  Defend the Gulf  sign at the  Forward on Climate  rally on Feb. 13  2013 in Washingt...
Woman carrying "Defend the Gulf" sign at the 'Forward on Climate" rally on Feb. 13, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
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Marchers get ready to walk
Marchers get ready to walk
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Protesters came from all over the U.S. and sections of Canada.
Protesters came from all over the U.S. and sections of Canada.
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Group marching down Constitution Avenue
Group marching down Constitution Avenue
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Marchers on Constitution Avenue hold up signs protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline
Marchers on Constitution Avenue hold up signs protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline
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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.
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