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#ForwardOnClimate Rally

FAQ

Where and when is the rally?
What is the goal of the rally?
How can I get to Washington, D.C.? Are carpools or buses available?
Can I coordinate a bus for my area?
Where can I find housing in Washington, D.C.?
How can I volunteer at the rally?
What if it rains?
Will there be direct action, civil disobedience, or civil resistance?
How do I get around Washington, D.C.?
It's my first time in D.C. After the rally, what should I see?
Where can I find an official copy of the rally logo to use?

Where and when is the rally?

What: The largest climate rally in U.S. history.

When: February 17, 2013, Noon - 5:00 p.m. (please arrive by 11:30 a.m.)

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

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 climatebus@gmail.com.

Those not taking buses can find (or offer!) a carpool to D.C. by joining the Forward on Climate group at Ridebuzz.org.* Scores of activists have already posted - take a look!

Amtrak railroad service pulls 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 CouchSurfing.org 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, just attend the 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.

What if it rains?

We are expecting a cold but clear day with a little fresh snow on the ground, and this rally is so on! Be sure to dress warmly (coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and warm socks) and bring an umbrella just in case. Do drive especially carefully if you are arriving the night before the rally.

We are consulting with an event meteorologist on a daily basis, and can pass along this information to anyone who is interested. We are also happy to note that the Park Service has never cancelled an event on the National Mall for weather reasons!

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.

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.

Where can I download an event logo?

High-resolution event logos of several colors and sizes can be downloaded on the Sierra Club website.

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This information has been compiled and is frequently updated by staff members of the #ForwardOnClimate partner groups.

* NRDC, The Sierra Club, 350.org, and other rally partner organizations have no affiliation with Ridebuzz or CouchSurfing. Any and all rides or housing are personal arrangements and no partner organizations can provide protections or guarantees to participants or assume liability for such personal arrangements.

Updated 2/16/2013