Twice before – in August of 2011, then again in 2012 – we joined with thousands of others across the country to ask President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Tar sands oil is some of the dirtiest on the planet and our top climate scientist, NASA’s Dr. James Hansen, has said that fully exploiting the tar sands would mean “game over” for the climate. Read our recent post for more thoughts on the risks and reality of tar sands oil.
On February 17, 2013, this coming Sunday, our friends at Sierra Club and 350.org along with more than 120 partner organizations are planning what could be the largest climate rally in U.S. history. Together, we are asking President Obama once again to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and to provide leadership to advance real solutions to the climate crisis.
We need your help – and your voice – to make this event happen, and to spread this message across the country.
Already this week, concerned citizens and leaders have been sticking their necks out to raise the volume on the issue: on Wednesday 48 environmental, civil rights, and community leaders from across the country joined together for a historic display of civil disobedience at the White House.
Here’s how you can get involved:
1) Attend the rally: Do you live in or near Washington D.C.? Have you always wanted to visit the capital and participate in our democracy? Visit this link for all rally details. Companies like Patagonia and Seventh Generation have donated funds to support bussing people from locations all over the U.S.
2) Attend a solidarity rally in your community.
3) Join the Thunderclap – our friends at 350.org are using a new online tool to amplify the message on Twitter and Facebook: it’s called Thunderclap. If we can get 10,000 people to sign on, messages will go out simultaneously from all of those individuals during the rally on Sunday. Add your voice to the roar: 350.org/thunderclap
4) Submit Your Photos – There will be a giant screen at the rally, showing photos and messages of support from across the country – to get your message on the screen, take a photo showing your support for the action, or photograph a part of your community that you want protected from climate change, then email it to email@example.com, with your location in the subject line. (Or, you can post your photo to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ForwardOnClimate). 350.org will pick out the best ones to put on the screen for tens of thousands of people to see, just outside the White House.
5) Share Your Sign – the 350.org web team put together this nifty sharable sign-maker that you can use to make a custom sign declaring your support for the action. They’re beautiful, and easy to share on your social networks. Check it out: sign.350.org
Thank you for helping our partners make this the largest climate rally in U.S. history.
Need a little final inspiration? Read this statement from the 48 individuals who engaged in civil disobedience and were arrested on Feb. 13 outside the White House.