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April 27, 2010

Climate Rally Calls for Congress to Pass Climate Bill

Photo by David DeFranza, courtesy of Treehugger

Tens of thousands of people converged on Washington, D.C., on April 25 for a Climate Rally and concert on the National Mall, organized by the Earth Day Network.


Sierra Club Deputy Conservation Director Bruce Nilles, above, got the crowd revved up with a speech exhorting Congress to pass a climate bill in 2010. Nilles formerly directed the Club's Beyond Coal campaign.


The Club also set up a booth, below, to educate attendees about clean energy, energy efficiency, and a range of other climate-related issues.


"The event reminded me of the rallies of the 70s," says longtime Sierra Club volunteer Jim Dougherty. "The crowd was incredibly diverse, energized simply by being there among Washington's great green vistas, and all feeling like this mightjust mightprove to be a pivot point in this noble campaign of ours."

Photo by David DeFranza, courtesy of Treehugger

Sting, John Legend, and Bob Weir were just three of the high-profile musical acts that joined environmental, political, civil-rights, and religious leaders in marking the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.


A forecast of thunderstorms threatened to put a damper on the rally. But as if by design, the clouds parted as Weirwhose former band, the Grateful Dead, penned the song Here Comes Sunshinetook the stage, and the Mall was soon jam-packed and throbbing with energy.

Photo by David DeFranza, courtesy of Treehugger

Speakers included Avatar director James Cameron, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who led the crowd in chanting, "Go Green! Let me hear you scream!"

Read more here and here. And enter the Sierra Club's Earth Day Sweepstakes (grand prize: a trip for two to Hawaii) by making a green pledge by April 30.

Photos by Jim Dougherty unless otherwise noted.


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