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40,000 Gather for Climate Rally in Washington, DC

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Updated 2/18/2013

Over 40,000 people gathered by the National Monument in the early afternoon on Sunday, Febraury 17th, then proceeded to march around the White House to demand that President Obama make a more concerted effort to confront climate change, reject the Keystone XL pipeline, and promote clean energy.   Speakers at the event included Bill McKibben, head of 350.0rg, Sierra Club head Mike Brune, clean energy investor Tom Steyer, as well as indigenous leaders and civil rights activists.
 

Watch an exerpt of Bill McKibben's speech:

 

GoodSpeaks.org compiled this video of the event:

 

 

WeAct Radio DC compiled this video of the event:

 

A ground level view of the march:

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From SierraClub.org:

On February 17, environmental activists will gather on the National Mall in Washington, DC for what is being billed as "the largest climate rally in history."   The rally, called Forward on Climate by organizers 350.org, the Sierra Club, the Hip Hop Caucus, comes nearly one year after President Obama denied the first permit application for Transcanada's Keystone XL Pipeline

 

Reaching out to its members about the event, 350.org announced that that over the past year "Mother Nature has filed her public comments: the hottest year in American history, a horrible ongoing drought, and superstorm Sandy."  In response, these organizations have planned "the biggest demonstration yet" to demand that President Obama show resolve and leadership in solving the climate crisis, urging activists to tell the President to once again reject the Keystone XL Pipeline, reduce America's dependence on fossil fuels, and put in place real incentives for energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy sources.

 

More details about the rally.

From 350.org:

 

A message from Rev Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus:

 

From the Sierra Club: