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Monday, July 28 2014 @ 03:30 PM CDT

Voices of the Forward on Climate Rally: Over 50,000 in Attendance

Climate Change

Environmental activists and concerned individuals from a wide range of political and ideological positions converged on Washington D.C. to demand an end to the Keystone XL Pipeline. Eco-Socialists, anarchists, Obama supporters, clean energy advocates, Sierra club members, Green party members, organic farmers, Deep Green Resistance volunteers, Unitarians and Quakers were among the many groups represented at the diverse gathering.

Voices of the Forward on Climate Rally: Over 50,000 in Attendance

Environmental activists and concerned individuals from a wide range of political and ideological positions converged on Washington D.C. to demand an end to the Keystone XL Pipeline. Eco-Socialists, anarchists, Obama supporters, clean energy advocates, Sierra club members, Green party members, organic farmers, Deep Green Resistance volunteers, Unitarians and Quakers were among the many groups represented at the diverse gathering. Nebraska, Arizona, Oregon, Tennessee, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Vermont were just a few of the states represented at the protest which drew over 50,000 people at its height. The frigid temperatures and biting winds did not dampen the enthusiasm and liveliness of the crowd that gathered in front of the Washington monument before marching to the White House demanding to be heard. The president was however nowhere to be found as he fled the city the day before the protesters arrived.

While everyone at the rally seemed to be against the Keystone XL Pipeline, there were some wildly diverging opinions on how to move forward. Here is an example, excerpts from the audio you can listen to by clicking here:

Medea: Medea Benjamin from Washington D.C., here to be a part of this amazing, wonderful, huge crowd of people that says that we gotta do something to save this planet; if we allow our government to keep doing what's in the interest of the corporations we're losing the future of this generation and of generations to come. 

Rina: My name is Rina H. and I am here from Virginia...I'm here to show that I'm behind Obama, to help him to have the nerve to sign and not let that pipeline come down and destroy our country.

Jason: My name is Jason, I'm from Cincinnati, Ohio. I'm here joining the Eco-Socialists specifically. I think we live in a society that is oriented towards the profits of financial elites and corporations, and within this context putting those profits before the needs of the planet and the people.

Deep Green Philly: Do you really think Obama is going to make a decision to stop the pipeline?

Jason: No, I feel like the White House is dripping in oil money. Maybe if there's sufficient public pressure we can do something but it would really take a big movement, lots of people on the streets. Other than that though I don't see it happening. I think he delayed the pipeline [decision] to avoid it being an election issue, but now that he no longer has to deal with [the election] I think he's going to approve it.

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