John Legend and Others Rock Out to Support the National Climate Rally

04.30.2010

Photo Credit: Eric Waldstein

Last Sunday I joined over 150,000 people on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and to rally for Climate and Clean energy legislation in 2010. People from all walks of life were in attendance as The Roots, John Legend, Passion Pit, Bob Weir (of The Dead), Sting, and others rocked out to support the movement and pump up the crowd. Several keynote speakers were present at the rally as well, including James Cameron and the reverend Jesse Jackson. President Obama also made an on-screen appearance, as he addressed the audience and talked about the need to “heal the scars our parents and grandparents knew too well.”

As the sun battered away forecasted thunder storms, the tone of the festival was one of bitter-sweetness. On the one hand there was a great sense of positivity and happiness in air. People were singing, dancing, hula-hooping and picnicking. There was even a giant ball made from 1,000 plastic bags that swept gracefully over the crowd. However there was also a sever undertone of great urgency and awareness, and the desire to make a change. Although it felt like a celebration at times, it was clear that we had all gathered there to address and draw attention to a very serious problem.

It was inspiring and impressive to see thousands of people coming together to support the environmental movement and make their voices heard. However, now that Earth Day has come and gone, the celebrities have left, and the hype has died down, it is more important than ever to do your part and get involved in this noble and necessary cause.



Eric Waldstein

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One Response to “John Legend and Others Rock Out to Support the National Climate Rally”

  1. Devon Fisher says:

    Well said, Eric.

    I wish I could have checked out the event! Time is of the essence right now. It’s fun to talk about everything that needs to be done- but we need to see more action. Sadly, looking to our capitol hill cronies has not gotten us as far as we would have hoped by now. In fact, it seems we are regressing in some areas (such as the false promises Obama gave with the Alaskan oil drilling)… it’s important for people to keep the earth day hype alive throughout the year! Simply actions like recycling and preserving water is simply not enough anymore. We all need to step it up a few notches and take matters into our own hands. It’s the only way anything will change.

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