Environmentalists occupy National Mall to fight climate change
February 17th, 2013
03:02 PM ET
9 years ago

Environmentalists occupy National Mall to fight climate change

(CNN) - Environmentalists packed several blocks around Washington's National Mall on Sunday, hoping to spur President Barack Obama to take strong measures against climate change.

Allison Spitz, 16, brandished a sign reading "Oil and Water Don't Mix," as she attended her first political demonstration.


Filed under: climate change • Energy • Washington D.C.
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    They would rather be on welfare, than have a job, it would appear.

    Kinda like the other 47%.

    February 17, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. MP

    There was an impressive number of 45000 concerned citizens protesting the Keystone pipeline from Canada as it will have a negative impact on aquifers and pristine land. Where is CNN's coverage of this hugely important matter that impacts our planet."We don't gave a planet B" to quote one of many signs.

    February 17, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, humm,
    Chicken Little is alive and well. That Smoke Stack is putting out mostly Steam. But I always say: WHEN IN DOUBT, RUN IN CIRCLES, SCREAM AND SHOUT. I don't know which is coming next. Another Ice Age or Global Warming.

    February 17, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Free Man in the Republic of Texas


    New Ice Age in 1970's

    Global Warming in the 1980's

    Climate Change in the 1990's

    It's ... It's... science !!!

    May the TAX be with you !

    February 17, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. Patrick in Wisconsin

    Rick, thanks for admitting that the tea party was also part of the 47%, which of course is even more hypocritical...

    February 17, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. heburow

    I wonder where these two commentators obtain the basis for their opinions. Probably from nowhere. Virtually all scientists (even some hired by the fossil fuel industry to disprove climate change) agree that global warming at least significantly induced or aggravated by humans is real. In addition, anybody seriously reviewing the scientific evidence scientifically (and not politically) should acknowledge its persuasiveness. Thus, anyone denying such global warming has the burden of disproving it. Now, the lack of substance of these two comments suggests that the commentators have any scientific understanding. As such, these comments fall into the same category as those of the Republican naysayers like Joe Barton, Kenny Marchand, Tom Coburn, etc., i.e., useless, ignorant, and simply embarrassing.

    February 17, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Jeff

    Hypocrites and fools, every one of them. Do you people realize how much "environmental degradation" is attached to your usage of smartphones, laptops and tablets; not to mention in the making of CDs, DVDs and motion pictures, which every one of these hypocrites use massively on a daily basis?

    And, to compound this folly, there is absolutely zero evidence that human behavior is the leading cause of climate change. The simple and indisputable truth is that scientists really can't say how much human behavior impacts climate change.

    There is also mounting evidence to suggest that forces already existing in our solar system...many of which we still do not fully understand...have a much more significant impact on our climate than previously imagined.

    February 17, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Ancient Texan

    Even the U.N. Global warming agenda has admitted that the extreme solar activity is having something to do with the rise in temperature. No kidding...Who would have thought?

    February 17, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. Jeff A

    There were 50,000 citizens ("environmentalists!?") there, from little babies to great-grandmothers.

    I stood in front of the White House and watched at least 10 people per second stream by for at least an hour and a half.

    February 17, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. elmo

    natural gas would bring american jobs back....but i am sure these people would rather die of cold or starve to death than tap our biggest resourse...

    February 17, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. Me

    Watch Earth from Space by Nova, it was released just this year and explains with the use of satelitte data just how our current track will play out.

    If people have kids and care about them, they'll get over the political BS and push for more action. We're already taking the first steps with energy and smart meters...

    February 17, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. Kevin J.

    Ask any of them if they drove to this demonstration.What a bunch of hypocrites. What does this picture of a smokestack have to do with the pipeline? Suprized they didnt use one of polar bears.

    February 17, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. penguin

    Let's see. For the Keystone Pipeline to be built they have to run it through somebody's property even if that person doesn't want their property taken. The oil companies have no legal authority to do so, causing the government to confiscate the property under the 5th Amendment takings clause. Even though the 5th Amendment allows the government to take property with just compensation for "public use," our Supreme Court has sereptitiously equated "use" with "benefit" (yet Scalia, Roberts, and Aiuto claim to be "strict constuctionist"- don't you love the irony).
    SUCH TAKINGS For Private PROFIT is much like MARXISt SOCIALISM, isn't it? Where is the free market private enterprise rants?

    February 17, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We need to see what we can do. Many people fail to understand that this planet is, for the most part, a closed system. People need to think of it this way: if you are in a sealed box and start to change some of the contents of the box from one thing to another, then things become different; gasses change from breathable to toxic over the course of time.

    February 17, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  15. otlset

    Dang this global warming! "Super storms", drought, FIRES! Not to mention freeeeezing winters!

    Well I think then it's only logical they should tax people and companies more and send the money to poor countries around the globe so these kinds of disasters never happen again. Yep, we must *fight* climate change. As far as climate is concerned, change is bad! It must stay the same!

    February 17, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  16. Stuart Levy

    It was once considered perfectly normal to empty your chamber pot onto the city street every morning. That's long since changed with the understanding of public health- it's not just illegal, it's uncivil and disgusting. Allowing it puts _everybody_ at risk. Building sewage systems was a real cost, but who today would regret living with one?

    The problem now is that the chamber pot fossil fuel economy has $trillions/year behind it. Plenty for marketing that a little nightsoil is good for you, no matter what the biologists have found out.

    The best counterbalance to well-funded delay/denial is popular insistence that our grandchildren's lives do matter, not just current profit margins. Actions like today's are small steps on a long road we desperately need to follow.

    February 17, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |