Marching up 17th Street – with the Washington Monument in the background – a short distance from Pennsylvania Avenue and the north lawn of the White House.
“This was the biggest climate change rally in U.S. history. By our count, 50,000 people gathered by the Washington Monument and then marched past the White House, demanding that the President do more than pay lip service to what one speaker called the climate crisis.” – Bill McKibben
The Council of Canadians joined this massive protest on Sunday February 17 to highlight that the Harper government does not speak for all Canadians when it lobbies in Washington for the approval of the pipeline. The Toronto Star, the largest-circulation newspaper in Canada, reported on its front-page on February 18, “Among those who travelled to Sunday’s rally was a delegation from the Ottawa-based Council of Canadians.”
Council of Canadians chapters also participated in Forward On Climate solidarity protests in Edmonton, Peterborough and other communities.
For more, please see:
UPDATE: 50,000 protest against the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington today, http://canadians.org/blog/?p=19384
UPDATE: Sunday protest could tip the political balance against the KXL pipeline, http://canadians.org/blog/?p=19374
UPDATE: Council encourages Canadians to protest KXL in Washington next Sunday, http://canadians.org/blog/?p=19244