Forward on Climate: February 17th Rallies in DC and Los Angeles



Crippling drought. Devastating wildfires. Super-storm Sandy. Climate Change has come home – and the people of the United States and beyond get it. On Sunday, February 17th, the largest climate rally ever is planned for Washington DC with a companion event happening in Los Angeles. Hope to see you there!

Livestream of the Los Angeles Event at 1 pm Pacific Time, Sunday, February 17

Forward on Climate Los Angeles: Chief Phil Lane Jr.

Inspiring speech by tribal chief Phil Lane Jr. at the Los Angeles Forward on Climate rally, Feb 17th, 2013

climate change, activism, tar sandsFebruary 17th – Washington DC and Los Angeles

“Solve the Climate Crisis! Take a Stand Mr. President!”
On Sunday, February 17, and the Sierra Club will lead the largest climate rally in history in Washington D.C. With over 12,000 people already signed up in Washington (, the number grows by the day!

Can’t make it to D.C.? Make your voice heard and help the president start his second term with strong climate action, by joining the largest climate rally ever in Southern California, in Los Angeles, on the same day as the Washington D.C. rally. Here are the basics:

Downloadable Press Packet: Media Advisory
Available on Feb 17th at 1 pm: Press Release

Invite: Climate Rally LA Invite_Feb 17th v3
Schedule and Speakers: SCHEDULE and SPEAKER BIOS-Forward on Climate LA-Feb 17
Facebook Event Page:
or check
Flyer: Feb 17 – LA Forward on Climate March.V2
More Info on Tar Sands: Tar Sands-Keystone XL
Twitter Hashtag: #FwdClimateLA

Keystone XL Rally, Washington DC

Make History – Stand in Solidarity with the largest climate demonstration yet!

On Sunday, February 17th at 1pm join Tar Sands Action Southern California, Sierra Club Beyond Coal , NRDCWilderUtopia, Coalition Against Nukes and Food and Water Watch, among others as we march in downtown Los Angeles to deliver a message – “Solve the Climate Crisis! Take a Stand Mr. President!”

We Stand in Solidarity: This demonstration is in solidarity with the Washington D.C. march happening the same day organized by, Sierra Club and Hip Hop Caucus.

Why March? Tell the President he must lead the fight against climate change, starting with rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. We demand an energy policy focusing on efficiency and conservation, integrated with a clean, renewable energy plan – one that breaks the addiction to dirty and dangerous fuels like Coal, Natural Gas Fracking, Nuclear, and Tar Sands.

Speakers at the LA Rally:

Ed Begley Jr., Master of Ceremonies
Congressman Henry A. Waxman (CA-33), Ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Co-Chair of the Bi-Cameral Task Force on Climate Change
Council Member José Huizar, 14th City Council District of Los Angeles
Opening Prayer by Morning Star Foundation Indigenous Grandmother’s Council with the Humming Bird Drum Intertribal Women’s Native Drum.
Grandmother Gloria Arellanes, Tongva Tribe – Elder/Wisdom Keeper, Grandmother’s Council
Rachelle Figueroa, Clan Mother of the Yamassee Muskogee Tribe
Chief Phil Lane Jr., The Four Worlds International Institute
Dr. Josh Fisher, Climate Scientist
Aja Janae, Poet/Songwriter/Activist
Jack Eidt, Tar Sands Action SoCal & Wilder Utopia
Aura Vasquez, Sierra Club Organizing Representative
Brenna Norton, Food & Water Watch
Torgen Johnson, San Onofre Safety
Jordan Howard, Youth Sustainability Educator
Matt Sedillo, Slam Poet
Kristin Eberhard, Legal Director, Western Energy & Climate, NRDC
Rabbi Jonathan D. Klein, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice
Miranda Rondeau, Singer, Performer, Drummer
Finian Makepeace, Performer, Makepeace Brothers
The Billionaires, Performers


Check out these rallies on Feb 17 in a city near you!

San Diego —

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Medford, OR —

Denver —

Chicago —

For more cities, Check EcoWatch

From on the February 17th Rally…

We Stand In Solidarity!

Never have so many disparate organizations from all over Southern California come together for a common purpose. This is the first step in establishing a multidisciplinary coalition to solve the climate crisis. Join us!

Main Organizers:

Tar Sands Action Southern California                 NRDC              Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign

Coalition Against Nukes LA                  Food and Water Watch                     Burbank Green Alliance

WilderUtopia                                          Citizens Climate Lobby                                      Amazon Watch

dubroWORKS PR                                      LA Green Festival                                               Planet Rehab

                                                   Long Beach Coalition for a Safe Environment


Supporting Organizations:

5 Gyres   –   99 Rise   —   ARC Sustainability   —   Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society   –    Allesandro’s Chapter of Coalition for Educational Justice   –   Alliance for Climate Education   –   Arroyo S.E.C.O. Network of Time Banks   –   Arts: Earth Partnership   –   Biodiesel Coop of Los Angeles   –   CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages   –   California League of Conservation Voters   –   California Student Sustainability Coalition   –   CALPIRG   —   Center for Biological Diversity   –   Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE-LA)   –   Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles   –   CodePink   –   Community for a Better Environment   —   Dance 4 Oceans   –   Earth Resource Foundation   —   EcoWatch   —   Environment California   –   Environmental Action Group at Mt. San Antonio College   —   Friends of Harbors, Beaches, and Parks   –   Godless Liberal Social Society   —   Hippo Works   –   Hunger Action LA   —   IKAR   —    IKAR Green Action   —   Idle No More – Los Angeles   –   Jimmy Dore Comedy   –    LA Bioneers   –   LA Greens   —   LA Green Drinks   –   LA Progressive   –   LAANE   –   League of Women Voters LA   —   League of Women Voters Pasadena Area   —   Leslie Iwerks Productions   –   Living Economy Salon   —   Long Beach Greens   —   Los Angeles Eco-Village   –   MLK Coalition of Los Angeles   –   Miss R*EVOLutionaries   —   Moana Nui Action Alliance   —   The Morningstar Foundation   —   MoveOn West LA   —   Move to Amend   –   My Generation LA/IE   —   NELA Transition   –   NextAid   –    Occupy LA   —   Occupy Long Beach   –   Occupy the Hood Los Angeles Action Assembly   —   Occupy Venice   –   Occupy Whittier   —   Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment   –   Pachamama Alliance   —   Pacoima Beautiful   –   Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA   –   Progressive Christians Uniting   –   Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains   –   Re-Power LA Coalition   –   Residents Organized for a Safe Environment   —   Sierra Club Angeles Chapter   —   Sierra Club Beyond Oil Campaign   –   Sierra Club Orange County Global Warming Committee   –   Southern California Ecumenical Council (SCEC)   –   Stop Fooling CA   —   Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE)   –   Surfrider West La Malibu Chapter   –   Sustainable Works   –   Synergy TV   –   Transition San Fernando Valley   –   Union Avenue Elementary Beyond Carbon Science Club   —   UPWARD (Uniting Peace With Actions Respect and Dignity)   —   USGBC-LA   –   Valley Democrats United   —   West LA Democratic Club   –   Westchester Democratic Club   –   Wild Heritage Planners   —   Women’s Environmental Council


Sierra Club Beyond Coal Los Angeles

Rally at City Hall during CicLAvia to Kick Coal and Oil out of Los Angeles. Photo By Zach Behrens in LAist

Be a Supporting Organization or Business

Would your organization or business like to “Stand in Solidarity?” As a supporting organization your company name will be listed in our outreach material under the header “We Stand in Solidarity.” (See invite for example.) The outreach material includes the Facebook invite, invite page, potentially the flyer, and a letter inviting elected officials to carry our message forward.

We ask that our supporting organizations/businesses encourage participation by sharing the rally via their email list serve and social media outlets. In order to attract over 1,000 demonstrators, we hope those organizations involved will confirm that 10 or more of their members will join the march.

We Can Do This, We Can Make a Difference: Just over a year ago, 15,000 people surrounded the White House — and President Obama listened, delaying the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This is our best chance to show the President how strong this movement has become since then!

To get involved, email info(at)

The largest industrial project on the planet: the Athabascan Tar Sands of Alberta, Canada

Alberta Tar Sands Open Pit Mining – from Clear Water Media

Will You Take A Stand?

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About Jack Eidt

Novelist, urban theorist and designer, and environmental journalist, Jack Eidt careens down human-nature's all consuming one-way highway to its inevitable conclusion -- Wilder Utopia. He co-founded Wild Heritage Partners, based out of Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at jack (dot) eidt (at) wilderutopia (dot) com. Follow him on Twitter @WilderUtopia and @JackEidt