There are days along any journey that stick with you, and today was one of them.
Under blue Indian Summer skies, more than 12,000 people from every corner of the country descended on Washington DC ; then, with great precision, they fanned out to surround the White House and take a stand against the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Here are just a couple of pictures from the day, and you can see lots more by clicking here.
What speaker after speaker today made clear (and they came from every part of our movement: indigenous leaders, labor organizers, environmentalists, young people, preachers) was that today was in no way a grand finale — there’s lots more work to do.
I have no idea how this battle is going come out — only that, together, we stand a chance to shut down this dirty pipeline and shift the flow not just of oil, but of history. This day was an important part of that history, and we’ll carry it’s power with us as we take this fight forward.
Thanks in advance for all the work we’ll do together, shoulder-to-shoulder, on the road ahead.
Bill McKibben for the 350.org team
Photo Credits: Josh Lopez and Christine Irvine