The Sierra Club, Niagara Group arranged for two busloads of Buffalo residents to attend the Washington DC Rally on February 17, 2013. A number of college students joined us, including a number of students from UB’s newly formed Environmental Fraternity and the Occupy Buffalo movement.
Campaign organizers estimated that there were about 40,000-50,000 participants at the Rally. Speakers included Sierra Club National Executive Director, Michael Brune; Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, leaders of the Cree Indians from Canada, and Bill McKibbens of 350.org. Many topics were addressed, including the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which is being pushed by the governing Conservative party in Canada. Brune acknowledged the efforts of those spearheading the efforts to prevent hydrofracking for shale gas in New York State.
Prior to the Rally, New York participants met at the WWII monument to create a video for Governor Cuomo urging a ban on hydrofracking and horizontal drilling for shale gas in New York State, and championing renewable energy.