By Brent Patterson
Council of Canadians
Feb. 17, 2013
was a massive and vibrant #ForwardOnClimate protest today in Washington, DC, with an estimated 50,000 people present. Families with small children, Occupy, First Nations, young people, and a broad cross-section of people were here to send a clear message to President Obama - reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Speakers included 350.org founder Bill McKibben, former presidential adviser Van Jones, Chief Jackie Thomas of the Saik’uz First Nation in British Columbia, and Crystal Lameman of the Beaver Lake Cree First Nation in Alberta.
Initially, it was believed that 35,000 people were present, but 350.org organizer Joshua Kahn Russell writes this afternoon, “Earlier numbers announced were low - after aerial shots, official estimate of #ForwardOnClimate rally is 50,000 people.”
European and US coverage
Agence France Presse reports, “Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Washington Sunday to generate pressure on President Barack Obama to take concrete measures to fight global warming. Waving banners and signs with slogans like ‘What will be your climate legacy?’ the protesters called on Obama to reject the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Canada to Texas…”