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Forward on Climate Feb. 17 - Virginia FAQ

We Virginians will make up a large percentage of the over 25,000 people in attendance at the Forward on Climate rally on Feb. 17 in D.C.  So here's a Virginia FAQ with everything you need to know to plan your time in D.C.

Where and when is the rally?

What exactly are we going to do from 12 noon to 4 pm?

What are the Virginia-specific transportation options?

What about food, stops, restrooms, and other logistics involved with my bus?

What if it rains?

What should I bring to the rally?

Where and when is the rally?

What:   The largest climate rally in U.S. history.
When:   February 17, 2013, Noon - 4:00 p.m. (please arrive by 11:30 a.m.)
Where: The National Mall in Washington, D.C. near the Washington Monument (click here for map or see below.)

RSVP:  Click here to RSVP as a Virginian!  Help us report really big numbers for the Old Dominion!

What exactly are we going to do from 12 noon to 4 pm?

Click here for map of bus drop off/pick up locations, rally staging area, march route, and location of First Aid and portapotties.  The march route covers a distance of 1.25 miles around and eventually surrounding the White House.  The total march distance will be covered slowly in the course of three hours. A smaller map is also shown below.  

      11:30AM    Arrival time!    Buses Arrive at drop-off location.
  12:00PM Rally officially starts!   Speakers begin.  
  12:30-3:30PM   March!

12:55 PM Arrive at the corner of Constitution and 17th

1:40 PM Arrive at the corner 17th and Penn

2:10 PM Arrive at the corner 15th and Penn

2:40 PM Arrive 15th and Constitution

3:30 PM Arrive Back at NW Corner of Washington Monument

3:35 PM Final Speaker

  4:00PM Rally ends.

Return to buses.  

Want a break during the March?  These coffee shops are nearby the March route:

M E Swing Coffee Roasters (1702 G St NW), Old Ebbitt Grill (675 15th St NW), Cosi (10th NW & E NW, 12th NW & G NW), Corner Bakery (14th NW & F NW)

Also consider packing food and/or water.  These nearby shops may get crowded!  

What are the Virginia-specific transportation options?


Closest METRO subway stations are Federal Triangle and Smithsonian on the Orange/Blue line. Click here for info on METRO.


There’s also Amtrak trains that come into DC from the following cities: Norfolk, Newport News, Richmond, Fredericksburg, Quantico, and Alexandria. Go to for more info.


You can also find or offer a carpool to D.C. by joining the Forward on Climate group at


Bus from Richmond – SOLD OUT! Click here to join the waiting list. Or take the train!  Go to for trains heading to DC from Richmond.

Bus from Christiansburg with Roanoke stop – Click here to book your seat now! This bus meets up in Christiansburg, then makes a stop in Roanoke. 

Bus from Charlottesville – SOLD OUT! 

Bus from Virginia Beach with Williamsburg stop – SOLD OUT! Click here to join the waiting list. Or take the train! Go to for trains heading to DC from Norfolk and Newport News.

What about food, stops, restrooms, and other logistics involved with my bus?

All riders must have advanced reservations.  See above for ticket info for our buses originating from Roanoke/Christiansburg, and Charlottesville.  (Hampton Roads and Richmond buses are sold out.)  

Please pack a lunch/snack as there likely will be NO STOPS on the way to D.C.  There are restrooms on each of our buses.  The total bus trip from pick up to drop off cannot exceed 14 hours.  We are cutting that close from various areas of Virginia.  Thus, a dinner stop on the way home from DC, while desirable, cannot be guaranteed.  Your bus driver and bus coordinator will make that call once the bus departs DC.

Bus coordinators will provide each rider with a slip of paper containing that bus coordinator's cell phone number, the bus # and company name, and the departure time.  

IT IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED that bus riders have cell phones on them and that they provide bus coordinators with their cell phone numbers.  Bus coordinators will be providing their cell phone numbers with their riders.  If you don't have a cell phone, please pair off with a fellow rider that does.

The ticket prices cover chartered bus rental and ticket processing fees.  It does not cover TIPS for our drivers.  Please consider doing so!  

What if it rains?

Come anyway! As with any event in February, be prepared for any kind of weather. Holding the largest climate rally ever in rain, snow, or ice will do even more to show the president how urgent this moment really is. (And if it wasn't for the climate crisis, maybe that rain would have been snow!)

What should I bring to the rally?

We are expecting a cold but clear day with a dusting of fresh snow on the ground. Be sure to dress warmly (coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and warm socks) and bring an umbrella just in case. Remember too that the energy of our cause will elevate our bodily temperatures!  Right?  Right!

Also consider packing some food and/or water.  Coffee shops and cafes nearby the march route may get crowded.  We don't want you hungry and/or having to walk any greater distance to find food! 

Bus riders are encouraged to bring charged cell phones and to share their #'s with bus coordinators and a buddy or two from their bus.

Signs!  Sometimes the best signs are homemade, but if you're not in a creative mode, rest assured that there will be signs available at the rally to march with.

What's the buzz?

TC.jpgUse the hashtag #ForwardOnClimate anywhere and everywhere you can - Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and more - along with a hashtag of your zip code. Upload pictures, write tweets, and anything else that declares why you want to move #ForwardOnClimate. On Sunday, we'll show your submissions on screens at the rally, and let President Obama know that this is a national movement from all 50 states!

Amplify your tweets and posts even further! Head on over to Thunderclap, a new social media tool that can "amplifying your Tweet into a sonic boom." Thunderclap allows you to join a virtual shout out to Move Forward on Climate by scheduling a specific post from Facebook or Twitter. Your Thunderclap post will join thousands of other Thunderclap posts from all over the U.S., all hitting the ethernet at the same time on February 17, creating one of the biggest joint social media posts ever. Click here to schedule your Thunderclap TODAY – the climate needs the noise!

Here's the suggested Thunderclap post for our event:

"I call on Barack Obama to move #ForwardOnClimate. Pls RT & watch the largest US rally for climate action live:"

Forward on Climate NOW!

View Feb- 17 current plan in a larger map