350.org co-founder Bill McKibben writes, ‘Today was the day. Finally, powerfully, decisively — the movement to stop climate change has come together. image by shadia fayne wood/project survival media.
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.
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.
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.