…and the 50,000 other dedicated Earth Loving people who gathered in Washington DC to Stop Climate Change!
The following is my Uncle Glenns post from his Blog, @thebeachblogpost.com…
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2013
CLIMATE FORWARD RALLY A HUGE SUCCESS!
Just got back from the Climate Forward Rally in DC 50K + turned out on a cold blustery winter
afternoon and they were in great spirits and up for the rally and march around the White House. Our
own group was great , everything ran smoothly & without a hitch. We filled our bus arrived on schedule,
attended the Rally and March and got back on the bus on time and got home from DC faster then I’ve ever
did that trip in the past. All in all it was a great day from start to finish. I want to thank all of the people
who came with us and a special thanks to our local 350.Org group that helped put this all together.
Let’s hope that President Obama does the right thing now and cancels the KXL Pipeline and helps kill the
dangerous and potentially planet damaging Tar Sands Project in Canada.
Today was the day. Finally, powerfully, decisively — the movement to stop climate change has come together.
This was the biggest climate change rally in US history. By our count, 50,000 people gathered by the Washington Monument and then marched past the White House, demanding that President Obama block the Keystone XL pipeline and move forward toward climate action.
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There were many high points: Van Jones declaring that Keystone is the only presidential decision anyone will care about in 20 years; billionaire investor Tom Steyer laying out why it’s a bad investment; Chief Jackie Thomas explaining the toll that the tar sands are taking on her neighbors, and promising that they would never allow a tar sands pipeline west to the Pacific.
But the real highlight was you.
Movements aren’t about leaders (though without Michael Brune of the Sierra Club, or Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, this day would not have come off). Movements are about people — about all of us who put aside the things we have to do because we understand that the future is at stake. To see so many people make this a priority on a day when it would have been much easier (and warmer) to stay inside says a lot.
We are making plans to put the momentum of this historic day to use, and you’ll hear about them very soon — but for now, I just want to say thank you to everyone who came to DC, everyone who gathered in the solidarity rallies around the country, and everyone who sent their good wishes and prayers.
You are the movement, and the movement is our best chance at making a difference on climate change.
With so much love,
Bill McKibben, for 350.org