Ann Arbor 350 organizing buses for Feb. 17 climate rally in Washington

March aims to show growth and urgency of the climate movement 

Ann Arbor 350, a program of the Ecology Center working on practical and local solutions to climate change, is coordinating buses for the Feb. 17 ForwardonClimate President’s Day rally in Washington, D.C.

"We need to move President Obama to take immediate action on climate," according to Monica Patel, policy specialist at the Ecology Center and coordinator of Ann Arbor 350. "The way to sway the Obama administration is to show a dramatic increase in the size of this movement, and we will accomplish that by bringing the largest climate rally ever right to the president's front door."

In particular, the rally will focus on persuading the administration to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

"We need to show the president how large the climate movement has grown in the year since he delayed Keystone, and how urgent this issue truly is," Patel said.

"President Obama must take decisive action this year to reduce carbon pollution. His legacy rests on his leadership in the face of an unstable and uncertain climate future. Only the President of the United States has the power to lead an effort on the scale and with the urgency needed to phase out fossil fuels and fire up both energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy sources."

The rally and march on the White House are planned for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Ann Arbor 350 is planning to organize buses or vans to arrive in time for the rally and leave immediately after so attendees won't need to arrange overnight accommodations. 

Those interested in attending should use the form at the Ann Arbor 350 website to sign up. Those looking to attend the rally and stay over in Washington might want to check out this RideShare group:

For more information, contact  Monica Patel at 734-369-9277

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