UPDATED: On President’s Day 2013, about a month into Obama II – This Sunday, February 17th – a large FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE demonstration is called by 350.org for in front of the White House, Washington DC. Another march is organized by Sierra Club for Los Angeles. FORWARD ON CLIMATE!
Join the #ForwardOnClimate Rally on 2/17!
Crippling drought. Devastating wildfires. Superstorm Sandy. Climate has come home — and the American people get it.
Who: 160 organizations and tens of thousands of activists like YOU
What: The largest climate rally in U.S. history.
When: February 17, 2013, Noon – 5:00 p.m. (please arrive by 11:30 a.m.)
Where: The National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Gather at the northeast corner of the Washington Monument
(Closest Metro subway stations: Federal Triangle and Smithsonian)
We first posted this on December 22, 2012. We get close to that date and the organizers are active – sun or snow. The latest we got:
This really is getting huge — we’re up to over 100 buses from 28 states, and are on track to have a crowd of over 20,000 fired-up activists!
Check the Forward on Climate bus page to see if there’s a bus near you. You can also look for (or offer!) a car pool on Ridebuzz or housing on CouchSurfing.* Once you’re in D.C., you should know that the rally will start in the northeast quadrant of the Washington Monument at 11:30 a.m. before marching around the White House, and the closest Metro stops are Federal Triangle and Smithsonian.
Forward on Climate Rally Director
LATEST ON THE EVENT:
Sunday is set to be the biggest U.S. climate rally ever.
Sierra Club, Washington DC, announces a new addition to the speaker lineup: “We’ll hear from U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.”
Sen. Whitehouse is a true champion who speaks about the climate crisis on the floor of the Senate almost every week.
On Sunday, he’ll bring that message to the National Mall with us. His home state is sending several busloads of activists to the rally!
Some other quick news that may help you make your final preparations — yes, there will be a handicapped seating area in front of the stage. We will also have sign-language interpreters on hand. The weather forecast continues to call for a clear but very cold day — this rally is full steam ahead, so come dressed warmly and drive safely, but come!
We recommend bringing a charged cell phone, some snacks, water, and warm clothing including layers, a coat, two pairs of warm socks, hats, gloves, and scarves. If you are riding a bus, make sure your bus captain has your cell phone number. Please note that there will be no civil disobedience at this event.
The rally now has over 160 partner organizations — this is huge! We’re updating the Forward on Climate blog all throughout the day with their content. Take a look at these great videos with Robert Redford from NRDC, and with parents and kids talking about the climate from the Sierra Club, Climate Parents, and Mom’s Clean Air Force!
I also wanted to let you know that we just announced Eve will be performing at the rally! Eve is a Grammy winning, multi-platinum recording artist and a talented actress & fashion designer. She joins inspiring speakers Michael Brune, Bill McKibben, Saik’uz First Nation Chief Jacqueline Thomas, Van Jones, and more.
And remember that you can check the Forward on Climate FAQ for any other questions you have. This will be a remarkable day to make history
For other details and updates, check out the Forward on Climate website.
Further: from the LA Chapter of Sierra Club we got:
We encourage everyone to attend the D.C. rally (act.350.org/signup/presidentsday), but for those unable to make the journey you can still stand in solidarity and make history right here in Los Angeles.
* When: Sunday, February 17th, 2013, at 1pm
* Starting Place: South-West Side of Paseo De La Plaza in Olvera Street. (Between North Los Angeles St. & Main St.)
* Destination: City Hall Los Angeles – 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA (South Side Steps)
* City Hall Events: Prayer for the Earth, music, dance, speakers, and closing ceremony (details to come)
WHY MARCH ~ Tell President Obama and the rest of Washington that it’s time to lead in the fight against climate change, beginning with the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. It is time for a Renewable Energy Future – one that doesn’t include dirty and dangerous fuels like Coal, Fracking, Tar Sands and Nuclear.
This demonstration is in solidarity with the Washington D.C. march happening the same day organized by 350.org, Sierra Club and Hip Hop Caucus.
Thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make “Forward on Climate” the largest climate rally in history.
~~ We Stand With ~~
Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign
Tar Sands Action Southern California
Food and Water Watch
Idle No More – Los Angeles
Surfrider West La Malibu Chapter
Pasadena Foothills Citizens Climate Lobby
Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club
Burbank Green Alliance
Center for Biological Diversity
Jimmy Dore, Comedian
LA Green Festival
Transition San Fernando Valley
Arroyo SECO Network of Time Banks
Sierra Club Beyond Oil Campaign
Long Beach Coalition for a Safe Environment
California Interfaith Power and Light
Allesandro’s Chapter of Coalition for Educational Justice
Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains
MLK Coalition of Los Angeles
Westchester Democratic Club
California League of Conservation Voters
Move to Amend
Coalition Against Nukes – LA
Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE)
Re-Power LA Coalition
LA League of Women Voters
Wild Heritage Planners
LA Green Drinks
Resident Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE)
Alliance for Climate Education
Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks (FHBP)
Earth Resource Foundation
Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE)
Arts: Earth Partnership
Sierra Club Orange County Global Warming Committee
Leslie Iwerks Productions
Los Angeles Eco-Village
CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages
Dance 4 Oceans
West LA Democratic Club
Biodiesel Coop of Los Angeles
Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society
YES, IT WILL BE A HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND OBVIOUSLY NOT A WORK DAY.
WHAT WILL IMPRESS THE MEDIA WILL BE THE NUMBERS –
THE MORE PEOPLE SHOW UP – THE STRONGER WILL BE THE PRESIDENT
WHEN HE COMES TO CONGRESS WITH SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION IDEAS.
DON’T FORGET AND THINK WHAT YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE!
The December posting: