More than 1,000 people from Massachusetts traveled down to Washington D.C. for the Forward on Climate Rally on Sunday February 17th. About 500 people came from the Boston area, mostly on 7 buses that Better Future Project/350MA organized. Massachusetts filled 13 buses in total, and combined with others who carpooled, about 1,000 MA residents brought their energy to D.C.. There, they joined between 40,000 and 50,000 people outside the White House to call on President Obama (who chose to be on a golfing trip in FL during the march with some oil industry executives) to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would carry tar sands from Canada to Texas, through the middle of the country, to be refined.
350 Massachusetts had a strong turnout, gathering before the official start of the rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial (pictured above) and marching over to the National Mall together. Students, faith leaders, and other community members from the state came together for the day to call on Obama and the country to take action on climate change.
The rally, organized by 350.org and Sierra Club, included speeches by Bill McKibben (founder of 350.org), Van Jones (President Obama’s former green jobs adviser), Michael Brune, and Jacqueline Thomas (chief of the Saik’uz First Nation from British Columbia, Canada). Musical guest Eve came and performed 3 songs after the march. There were creative signs throughout the crowd, along with chants and songs that rang through the streets of D.C.. Participants were charged by the power of so many voices speaking up about stopping the pipeline.
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