Greetings -- below is a letter we wrote with our friends at 350 and the Hip-Hop Caucus:
From families like Michael's, hit by monster storms and fires, to drought-stricken farmers in the Midwest, millions of Americans are already feeling the disastrous effects of the climate crisis in their own lives.
It's never been clearer that we need bold and immediate climate leadership -- that's why this Presidents Day weekend, Sunday, February 17, thousands of activists will head to the White House and tell President Obama
to shut down the climate-killing Keystone XL pipeline once and for all.
Something this big has to start early, and it has to start with the people who care the most. Commit to join us in Washington, D.C., in February and make Presidents Day the biggest climate demonstration yet.
The last time we stood up against Keystone XL, thousands of us surrounded the White House -- and it worked. Right when every political and energy "expert" said the tar sands pipeline was a done deal, we beat the odds and convinced President Obama to take a year to study it.
Now that year is over, and Mother Nature has filed her public comments: the hottest year in American history, a horrible ongoing drought, and superstorm Sandy. And still Big Oil is pushing as hard as ever for their pet project, looking for even more private profit at public expense.
There is also good news: Together, we've proven time and time again that grassroots voices can speak louder than Big Oil's dollars. So this Presidents Day, the Sierra Club, 350.org, and other environmental groups are working with our partners across the progressive community to organize the biggest climate demonstration yet.
Our goal for Presidents Day is to form a massive human pipeline through Washington and then transform it into a giant symbol of the renewable energy future we need and are ready to build, starting right away.
You can make this a Presidents Day that the president can't ignore and won't forget -- sign up to join the rally, bring your friends, and stop the climate-killing Keystone XL pipeline.
We'll have more details soon about the rally and how you can make your voice heard, but for now, start making travel plans and circle February 17 on your calendar. Together, we can show the president that the year's delay didn't lull us to sleep. Instead, we're more fired up than ever, and determined to help him do the right thing.
See you in February,
Allison, Michael, Bill, May, Rev. Yearwood, and Liz
Allison Chin, Sierra Club President
Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director
Bill McKibben, 350.org Co-Founder
May Boeve, 350.org Executive Director
The Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Hip-Hop Caucus President
Liz Havstad, Director of Civic Engagement and Strategic Growth for the Hip Hop Caucus
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