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.