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More Than 17, 500 Join ‘Moving Planet’ Rally Across the U.S.

More than 17,500 people at over 700 events across all 50 states came together Saturday in a worldwide ‘Moving Planet’ rally. The initiative, which featured more than 2,000 events in 175 nations, called on political leaders to move beyond climate change rhetoric and take action.

"The planet has been stuck for too long with governments doing nothing about the biggest problem we've ever faced," said Bill McKibben, founder of the non-profit, which coordinated the event. "This is the day when people will get the Earth moving, rolling towards the solutions we need."

Many rallies saw participations of thousands of residents—who paraded through streets on bicycles in a symbolic effort to “move forward” on climate change policy. Some of the day’s events included:

  • A rally outside the United Nations
  • More than 2,000 bicyclists riding from Boulder, Colorado to Denver
  • A 5,000 person rally in Seattle
  • A bicycle parade in San Francisco with more than 5,000 participants
  • 3,000 protestors in Boston
  • Another 2,000 bicyclists who rode from Minneapolis to St. Paul, Minnesota
  • More than 500 protestors outside a Chicago coal plant

The protests come at a crucial junction—at the U.N., leaders of low-lying islands and nations who face near annihilation if  sea levels continue to rise have increased calls to the global community in recent weeks to address climate change. In the U.S., President Obama has yet to announce whether or not he will reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that if approved will exacerbate climate change conditions.

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