On Sunday, April 25th, a teeming crowd of revelers came out to the National Mall in Washington, DC to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, rallying around the fight against anthropogenic climate change and in support of the global conservation agenda. The crowd, 150,000 strong, heard speeches by leading thinkers in the conservation community and danced to performances by engaged musicians.
James Cameron, Margaret Atwood, Bob Wier, Joss Stone, Jimmy Cliff, Sting, Jesse Jackson, The Roots, John Legend, Passion Pit, and iLCP's own Cristina Mittermeier jazzed people with remarks and songs from 11am until after 7pm. Cristina focused on the important role that photographers play in bearing witness to our changing planet. The Climate Rally organizers also interviewed iLCP Fellow Joel Sartore for a video clip about extinction.
Though the forecast was for rain, the sun came through the muggy DC humidity, and by early afternoon an enthusiastic and sprawling crowd packed the National Mall. The urgent need to pressure Congress to pass pending U.S. climate policy legislation was a theme touched on by many speakers.
Check out the iLCP slideshow that played below.
The Climate Rally
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