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Images from the Earth Day Climate Rally


This past Sunday, about twenty Princeton and Rutgers students went to the climate rally in Washington DC on a bus chartered by the Earth Day Network. Weather forecasts called for thunderstorms, but we left the rain behind us in New Jersey for a bright, though humid, day. Clearly, we had Earth on our side.

Just the day before, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman had called for a “green tea party” movement made up of the “radical center” to fight for a green energy revolution to revitalize the American economy. In a similar spirit, the rally appeared to designed to appeal to as broad a swath of the American public as possible. Speakers for the day included National Resources Defense Council lawyer Robert Kennedy, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, Green for All director Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, and even representatives from some major corporations such as Proctor and Gamble. Jimmy Cliff, and the Roots all performed.

Meanwhile, the fight for a green future is hardly over. This past week, the climate bill that was supposed to be co-sponsored by Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has still not materialized. Senator Graham has threatened to withdraw his support over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) decision to push immigration reform ahead of climate legislation. Follow the link to call Senators Reid and Graham, as well as your own senators, to demand climate change and green jobs legislation.

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