The Common Good

Catholics join largest climate rally in US history

Date: February 18, 2013

Thousands of US Catholics spent the First Sunday of Lent at a Climate rally in Washington DC calling for more action on human-induced climate change and standing up for clean energy. People from faith-based and environmental groups joined climate scientists at the ‘Forward on Climate’ rally. With around 50,000 participants from more than 30 states it was billed as the largest climate rally gathering in US history.

It aimed to show President Barack Obama public support for climate solutions, while also challenging him to keep his commitment of making climate action a top priority during his second term.

Another major concern is the possibility he could give the go-ahead to the Keystone XL pipeline, a TransCanada project that will deliver Canadian tar sands to oil refiners in Texas. The Franciscan Action Network characterises the pipeline as tapping into "the second largest and dirtiest oil reserves on the planet". They were among rally participants demanding that Obama reject the pipeline. Others included the Columban Missionary Society, members of the US-based Catholic Coalition on Climate Change and the ecumenical Sojourners community.