Forward on Climate Rally

The Forward on Climate change rally in Washington DC is expected to be the largest rally on climate change in the US’s history. FAQ after the date and time.





Organizers say:


“Our goal for Presidents Day is to form a massive human pipeline through Washington and direct it to advocacy for the renewable energy future we need and are ready to build.  The president needs our support to stop the climate-killing Keystone XL pipeline which takes the worst oil and threatens our aquifers as it is transported to ports for refining and export.”



The largest climate rally in U.S. history.



February 17, 2013, Noon – 4:00 p.m. (please arrive by 11:30 a.m.)



The National Mall in Washington, D.C. Gather at the northeast corner of the Washington Monument (Closest Metro subway stations: Federal Triangle and Smithsonian)

The Sierra Club has posted the following FAQ related to the event:


What is the goal of the rally?

We need to move President Obama to take immediate action on climate. One of the most important decisions he can make is to reject the toxic Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Another is to tell the EPA to set carbon standards for power plants. This rally will show the president how large the climate movement has grown, and how urgent this issue truly is.

President Obama must move America forward on climate in 2013 with decisive action to reduce dangerous carbon pollution. His legacy as the 44th President of the United States of America rests on his leadership in the face of an unstable and uncertain climate future. Only the President of the United States has the power to lead an effort on the scale and with the urgency needed to phase out fossil fuels and fire up both energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy sources.


How can I get to Washington, D.C.? Are carpools or buses available?

We are working with local activists to coordinate buses throughout the country. If you are interested in coordinating a bus from your area, please sign up here. For a list of existing buses, please visit our bus page. For any other bus-related questions, please email

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

Amtrak railroad service pull into Union Station, as do Maryland’s MARC and Virginia’s commuter trains on weekdays only. Local airports include Reagan National (DCA), Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), and Dulles International (IAD). For public transportation from the airports, the Metro subway service stops right at DCA. MARC and Amtrak trains, as well as the B30 bus, run from BWI to D.C.


Can I coordinate a bus for my area?

ABSOLUTELY! To be a bus coordinator, please sign up here and an organizer will be in touch with you shortly. Bus coordinators are responsible for reserving their bus, working with organizers to recruit riders, and taking care of logistics like payment and pickup locations.


Where can I find housing in Washington, D.C.?

You can find or offer personal housing in the D.C. area at the Forward On Climate group.* If you are bringing a large group, you may find the housing resources list at the Washington Peace Center’s website helpful — please contact the churches, hostels, etc. listed to find out their availability, not the Peace Center.


How can I volunteer at the rally?

Volunteers will be critical to making this day a success. To volunteer at the Forward on Climate Rally on February 17, sign up here and an organizer will be in touch with you shortly. Please note that there will be a volunteer training the day before the rally — Saturday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m. — at St. Stephen Episcopal Church (1525 Newton St. NW – an eight minute walk from the Columbia Heights Metro station). Volunteers will pick shifts and discuss duties at the training, and pizza will be served.


How can I help out before the rally?

Thanks for asking! If this is going to be the biggest climate rally in history, we’ll need phone bankers to help confirm RSVPs and recruit even more. Please sign up here and an organizer will be in touch with you shortly.

The next big thing is spreading the word far and wide to everyone you know! We’ll have flyers and other materials soon so keep an eye on your inbox and this website, but in the meantime, please make announcements at community events, email your friends, and like both on Facebook to share images about the rally. We’ll also have more virtual actions to take soon, so again, please keep your eye on your inbox and this site.


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!)


Will there be direct action, civil disobedience, or civil resistance?

No, in planning for the Feburary 17 event, we made a proactive decision that our message to the president would come in the form of massive participation to urge him to move forward on climate. We will have permits and work openly with the police about plans for the rally in order to help as many people participate as possible.


My organization would like to get involved. Who do I talk to?

That’s great — thank you! From recruiting to co-sponsoring the rally, the climate needs all the help it can get. Please submit your information here and an organizer will be in touch shortly. You may also direct questions


How do I get around Washington, D.C.?

The Metro subway system is the best way to get around Washington. You’ll want to buy a SmarTrip fare card (either online or in a Metro station once you’re here) and be sure to stand right, walk left when using the escalators (trust us, the locals are really cool but they’re pretty touchy about this one). SmarTrip fare cards are the most convenient way to use the system and though they cost $5, their fares are cheaper and will save you money after your fifth ride. The city also has an extensive bus system and one of the best bikeshares in the country. We’ll post more about specific Metro stops and bus routes once we have the rally’s exact downtown location.


It’s my first time in D.C. After the rally, what should I do?

If you have time before your carpool/bus/train/etc. leaves, by all means, go exploring! If it’s not too cold, you can take a couple hours to walk the National Mall to see all the Monuments — or several for-profit bus tour companies run out of Union Station. Be sure to pick a couple Smithsonian Museums or the Botanical Gardens and spend several hours at each. One of the city’s lesser-known downtown gems is the view from the Old Post Office Tower. And be sure to get around like a true climate activist with public transit or Capital Bikeshare!


Visit the city’s official tourism website for more.

Tracy Crawford

CEO | Rain8 Group LLC