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Forward On Climate Change Today in DC

Forward on Climate Rally in Washington, DC

Reading tweets and such, the organizers of today’s Forward On Climate Change actions in DC, and others reporting, are estimating between 35,000 to 50,000 participants. And that’s in some cold conditions.

The livestream, or video of earlier livestreaming, can be found here and here.

At The Largest Climate Rally in History:

Presented by 135 different organizations and their members, including 350.org, the Sierra Club, the Hip Hop Caucus, Greenpeace, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Green For All and Forecast the Facts.

See photos from today’s action here.

Below is the letter to President Obama you can, should you choose, sign here.

Dear President Obama:

I urge you to take strong, decisive action on climate change and reject the Keystone XL pipeline. I stand with the tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington, DC for the Forward on Climate rally. This is the largest climate protest in the history of the United States, and thousands are gathered across the country at solidarity rallies in two dozen cities. A majority of Americans now believe in climate change and think something needs to be done to solve this crisis. Now is the time to act, and we need you to lead. Reject Keystone XL. Move us forward on climate. Your legacy depends on it.

(Forward On Climate Change F17 via 350.org)

5 Responses to Forward On Climate Change Today in DC

  1. fangio February 17, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    Greenland is getting ready to award China the rights to begin excavating a huge open pit iron ore mine; Brazil apparently has no problem destroying the Amazon by building multiple hydroelectric dams: shipping companies are already using the now thawing arctic waters in a realization of the long sought northwest passage; the powers that be are trying with great success to transform this country into an oil and gas exporter, with all the pollution and global warming it engenders. There is now evidence that the permafrost is melting, this will release even more carbon into the atmosphere; as will the warming oceans. I’m afraid it’s too late. For the young people who will have to live through the worst of it; good luck with that.

    • Joyce Arnold February 17, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

      I think there’s a good chance it may be too late, as you say. At the very least, so much damage is already done that it may be more a matter of efforts to save something of what’s left. It seems, though, that this is one of the “issues” very easily ignored.

  2. Cujo359 February 18, 2013 at 5:32 am #

    Apparently, David Swanson was there. He doesn’t seem all that enchanted. If his is an accurate account, I can’t say I blame him.

    After all this time, progressives still don’t understand who Barack Obama is. I reckon they’re not going to learn anytime soon. Denial is like that.

    • Joyce Arnold February 18, 2013 at 9:02 am #

      I read Swanson’s piece, too, Cujo. I’m glad you provided the link.

      When watching some of the livestreaming, I noticed a sign that basically thanked Obama for hs actions related to Keystone XL. I’ve read a good bit of that kind of focus — and the Obama administration emphasizes the fact that Obama stopped the northern section of the pipeline, and required a new study, while completely ignoring the fact he not only didn’t stop the southern section, but expedited it. And as I, and many others, have pointed out, the fact that the southern section will be in place will certainly be used as an argument to construct the northern section. Anyway, maybe the pro-Obama stuff is at least in part by those who think that approach will encourage him, even if they are aware of his actual record. I’m skeptical, but then, activism takes all kinds of shapes.

      There was a lot of focus, before, during and now, on this action being one piece of a much bigger and broader, and an ongoing, process. I’ve seen the whole thing portrayed as “begging.” The language used was much more “demanding.”

      Weekend actions in DC — especially when a part of the goal is as large a presence as possible — aren’t unusual, of course. That’s when more people will be able to attend. I don’t know — would it make any difference to the WH or Congress if such actions did occur on a weekday, when Obama and congressional members were in town?

      “Denial is like that.” Oh yes, it certainly is. I repeat myself yet again: Obama being Obama.

      • Cujo359 February 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

        What I got out of Swanson’s piece I can summarize this way: False premises lead to ineffective actions. The idea that Obama Is Our Friend is a false premise. What people do based on that assumption is (or should) be different from what they do if they assume that he’s not interested in being their friend. This rally strikes me as friendly persuasion, IOW, showing the President and Democrats that we’re behind them. In fact, that’s not where the Democrats are at all. They need to understand that the future of their jobs depends on doing what we want before they’re actually going to do it.

        So, I guess the question would be “Of whom were they demanding, and what is the or else clause of that demand?” Until the “or else” clause causes the people in power to worry about the cost of that “or else”, I don’t think there’s going to be much progress on this. It seems pretty clear that Our Friends are determined to make the Keystone XL pipeline happen, and the only question on their minds is just how they can fool enough rubes into believing they tried their best to stop it so they can keep their jobs .

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