In solidarity with the Forward on Climate rally in Washington DC that attracted more than 40,000 to the national mall, a rally was organized here in Los Angeles to tell President Obama to take a stand on climate change and stop the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Beginning with a march from historic Olvera Street to the Los Angeles City Hall, the rally was MC’d by Ed Begley, Jr. and featured guest speakers like Congressman Henry Waxman, Council Member Jose Huizar, climate scientist Dr. Josh Fisher, and indigenous tribal leaders like Chief Phil Lane and Grandmother Gloria Arellanes. The speakers discussed the imminent environmental threats posed by fossil fuel, natural gas “fracking”, and nuclear power and urged the President to be a leader in adopting safer, renewable energy alternatives, like solar and wind.
The Keystone XL pipeline was a specific focus of the rally. The Keystone XL project will bring tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico but has been referred to as a “Game Over for the environment” by climate scientists. Today, protestors from Southern California stood with NASA climate scientists, environmentalists, indigenous people and celebrity activists that vehemently oppose construction of the pipeline. Attendees were encouraged to add their name to a letter to President Obama asking him to reject the Keysone XL Pipeline for good.