When all was said and done, 1,252 people representing over 600,000 petition signers, went to jail for their willingness to stand in front of the White House and tell President Obama that the United States wants nothing to do with the Keystone XL pipeline.
“But,” wrote 350.org activist Bill McKibben on the last day of the protest, “this movement does more than sign petitions: many of you stood strong in front of the White House risking arrest, and protesters on every continent have picketed outside embassies and consulates. That makes sense, for global warming is the one problem that affects everyone everywhere.”
According to McKibben, the next step in this global protest is to transform dreams of a cleaner, more sustainable planet into reality.
On Sept. 24, concerned individuals from around the world will participate in Moving Planet — a massive day of climate action. Moving Planet will be a day to put demands for climate action into motion — by marching, biking, skating — showing the world there is a way to move beyond fossil fuels.
“We’re not just a movement that opposes things, we’re also a movement that dreams of what’s coming,” wrote McKibben, “On September 24, on bike and on foot and on boards, we’re going to point the way towards that future. By days’ end, we’ll have shown why the bicycle is more glamorous than the car, and why the people have the potential to be more powerful than the polluters.”