Largest Climate Rally in U.S. History

Capital Mall MonumentBill McKibbin, founder of 350.org, organized a rally in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, February 17, 2013 to pressure President Obama into not approving the Keystone XL Pipeline. Upwards of 40,000 people attended from all over the country and Canada.

The participants braved temperatures in the 20’s with a wind chill of zero or below and stood for hours listening to speakers, chanting, and marching from the Washington Monument to the White House. They started gathering around 9 am with the last ones leaving some time after 4 pm.

There were people of all ages and nationalities from neighboring states and from faraway. Many traveled overnight in buses and returned home as soon as the rally ended. I attended with my son Tanner. We combined the rally and a trip to the National Archives in College Park, MD to research material for my film.

I had a little fun with the video below, wanting to capture the flavor and spirit of the day. Enjoy and please share.

2 thoughts on “Largest Climate Rally in U.S. History”

  1. Your production captures the terrific demonstration of the collaborative power when people pull together for common good. There was no opposition by age, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability…this was a prouder moment for the people of our Nation. Now President Obama, hear the voices of the people and do not succumb to big banks and political pressure to further errode our natural resources.

    We need job security but must it come at the cost of our forest, warter, animals and ultimately us?

    Thank you Regis (& Tanner) for once again showing us another truism about our Nation.

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