Watch the Climate Rally now. I’m on at 4:50 EDT.

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"Watch the Climate Rally now. I’m on at 4:50 EDT."

The “largest climate rally ever” is taking place on DC mall right now.  You can watch the live stream of everyone from James Hansen to James Cameron, from Sting to me, right here:


I’m supposed to be on around 4:50 pm for 3 minutes.

Other speakers this afternoon include:

Climate scientists like James Hansen, and Stephen Schneider.
EPA chief (and heroine!) Lisa Jackson & CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley
Cultural leaders like James Cameron (Avatar; Titanic) and Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale; The Blind Assassin)
Top business executives from Siemens, Phillips, UL, Future Friendly & SunEdison
Top labor leaders, including the President of the AFL-CIO and Secretary of the SEIU.
Progressive activists, including Jesse Jackson, Lydia Camarillo, & Hilary Shelton
Climate policy gurus like Joe Romm, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, & Rafael Fantauzzi
Spiritual leaders, including Rev. Theresa Thames, Rev. Richard Cizik, & Rabbi Warren Stone
Athletes like Dhani Jones, Aaron Peirsol, & Billy Demong
Environmentalists like Bobby Kennedy & Phillipe Cousteau

In between the speakers we will hear from some of the most committed artists in the nation, including Sting, John Legend, The Roots, Willie Colon, Passion Pit, Bob Weir, Jimmy Cliff, Joss Stone, Booker T, The Honor Society, Mavis Staples”¦.

Here is the music schedule I have seen:

12:00 – Bob Weir (w/Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, John Cage, John Kadlecik)

12:45 – Willie Colon

1:25 – Honor Society

2:20 – Passion Pit

3:10 – Jimmy Cliff (w/ John Legend, Bob Weir)

4:05 – The Roots

4:55 – The Roots and Friends (Mavis Staples, Booker T., Patrick Stump, Joss Stone, Robert Randolph, Bob Weir)

5:45 – John Legend w/ The Roots

6:35 – Sting w/ The Roots.

You can get more information by clicking on the Earth Day Network website.

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32 Responses to Watch the Climate Rally now. I’m on at 4:50 EDT.

  1. prokaryote says:

    Watching now!

  2. Paul Rattner says:

    It doesn’t matter what happens in DC. That iceland volcano is going to cool global temperatures for a couple of years at least.

  3. EyeVBaer says:

    Interesting comments from Schneider and Hansen. Glad to see Schneider go after Senator Inhofe. He was only able to come up with lukewarm support for the bill – “Don’t let the mediocre be the enemy of the perfect.” Hansen was much tougher, calling for taking back the environmental movement, now being run by Big Green and corporations.

  4. Anonymous says:

    AWesome, that looks like an amazing turnout! 350 for civilization!

  5. Jim Eager says:

    No, the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull is not going to cool global temperatures for a couple months, much less for a couple of of years. It simply has not been nearly large or powerful enough an eruption.

    None of it’s plume reached the stratosphere, which is where SO2 aerosols have to be to stick around long enough to produce significant cooling, and it’s SO2 and ash will precipitate out of the troposphere relatively quickly.

    This could change if Eyjafjallajökull eventually triggers nearby Katla to erupt, but even then they are at 63+ degrees north, way too far from the equator for either to have an effect on both the northern and southern hemispheres, and thus a truly global effect.

  6. prokaryote says:

    2#, read this – Iceland volcano ash unlikely to cool planet, says Australian climatologist

    And while the particles may have a short-term effect on the local temperature, experts believe that it will not have the same impact as the Pinatubo eruption did two decades earlier.
    http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report_iceland-volcano-ash-unlikely-to-cool-planet-says-australian-climatologist_1373139

  7. EyeVBaer says:

    The managers of this rally bungled this opportunity to have an enormous crowd. The speakers list they put out didn’t mention any of their headliners or the depth and breadth of speakers. You couldn’t even get a list of the performances till the rally was already ongoing. This is a way better rally than I thought it would be. Too bad Lindsay Graham isn’t appearing.

  8. paulm says:

    Great stuff. Would be nice if the put a local time stamp on the live feed.

    2&4 interesting stuff coming out on volcanic and earthquake activity…its only logical. probably plays a part in the inter glacial transitions.

    Fire, ice and climate change
    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=/data/opinion/2010/April/opinion_April145.xml&section=opinion

    “Periods of exceptional climate change in Earth history are associated with a dynamic response from the solid Earth, involving enhanced levels of potentially hazardous geological and geomorphological activity,”

  9. Ryan T says:

    Even if the Icelandic volcano were strong enough to have the same climatic effect as Pinatubo in 1991, Paul’s comment seems to miss the point of all this. That is, addressing the accumulation of persistent greenhouse gases. Once volcanic ash and sulfate aerosol drops out of the atmosphere, we’re still left with a larger CO2 problem that will influence climate for a long time, and eventually produce an average temperature anomaly that’s no match for any probable volcanic event. That’s why it matters. Short-term fluctuation isn’t the issue.

  10. Ryan T says:

    I just saw a similar argument made too: That Iceland’s volcanism dwarfs human pollution, so what’s the point of bothering? Maybe the SO2 output might briefly exceed anthropogenic emission (which is relatively constant), but the European aviation industry alone apparently releases more CO2 than Iceland’s volcanoes. Maybe the lesson for some needs to be that there are different types of pollution with different “temporal profiles” and effects. Whodathunk?

  11. Michael T says:

    #6 Ryan T, Here is some info from the USGS about volcanoes.

    VOLCANIC GASES AND THEIR EFFECTS
    ‘Comparison of CO2 emissions from volcanoes vs. human activities’

    Scientists have calculated that volcanoes emit between about 130-230 million tonnes (145-255 million tons) of CO2 into the atmosphere every year (Gerlach, 1991). This estimate includes both subaerial and submarine volcanoes, about in equal amounts. Emissions of CO2 by human activities, including fossil fuel burning, cement production, and gas flaring, amount to about 27 billion tonnes per year (30 billion tons) [ ( Marland, et al., 2006) – The reference gives the amount of released carbon (C), rather than CO2, through 2003.]. Human activities release more than 130 times the amount of CO2 emitted by volcanoes–the equivalent of more than 8,000 additional volcanoes like Kilauea (Kilauea emits about 3.3 million tonnes/year)! (Gerlach et. al., 2002)

    http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hazards/gas/index.php

  12. Michael T says:

    #6 Ryan T, Here is some info from the USGS about volcanoes:

    VOLCANIC GASES AND THEIR EFFECTS
    ‘Comparison of CO2 emissions from volcanoes vs. human activities’

    Scientists have calculated that volcanoes emit between about 130-230 million tonnes (145-255 million tons) of CO2 into the atmosphere every year (Gerlach, 1991). This estimate includes both subaerial and submarine volcanoes, about in equal amounts. Emissions of CO2 by human activities, including fossil fuel burning, cement production, and gas flaring, amount to about 27 billion tonnes per year (30 billion tons) [ ( Marland, et al., 2006) – The reference gives the amount of released carbon (C), rather than CO2, through 2003.]. Human activities release more than 130 times the amount of CO2 emitted by volcanoes–the equivalent of more than 8,000 additional volcanoes like Kilauea (Kilauea emits about 3.3 million tonnes/year)! (Gerlach et. al., 2002)

  13. Karen says:

    Your speech was great and your daughter is precious!

  14. Wit's End says:

    Excellent speech! And bringing your daughter was brilliant – she’s adorable, and the look on your face beaming with pride was so genuine, it was priceless.

    That’s the message that will resonate more than any other.

  15. Raleigh Latham says:

    Amazing speech Joe, by far the most powerful, and by far the best.

  16. Peter Bellin says:

    Media coverage: nothing that I saw online at NYTIMES.com and CNN.com. Did the media cover this event?

  17. substanti8 says:

    That was a great speech by James Cameron at 6:20 EDT.  He gave everyone a clear, concise task – study the climate science and then convince ten skeptics, face-to-face, not on Twitter.

  18. Sumner says:

    Great job on the speech! And I’m loving The Roots!

  19. David B. Benson says:

    In under-reported news, one million left homeless in South Asia by one thunderstorm
    http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=1467&tstamp=

  20. Wit's End says:

    David B. Benson, that website has the most amazing pictures! And I note it says: “This may be the greatest number of people ever left homeless by a severe thunderstorm in world history.”

    But it’s all part of the natural variation…

  21. David B. Benson says:

    Wit’s End — Dr. Jeff Masters is very good at the met stuff; I’ve learned lots by following his Weathr Underground blog.

    And yes, its natural variation; nothing supernatural about it at all…

  22. Wit's End says:

    haha, DBB, I am so glad to now be following his doomerpornsite! I uploaded his pictures along with my own Earth Day contribution, here: http://witsendnj.blogspot.com/2010/04/serc-sucks.html.

  23. David B. Benson says:

    Wit’s End — Your link is broken.

  24. Jim Eager says:

    David, Wit’s link isn’t broken, just delete the period at the end.

    And Wit’s, that isn’t a bald eagle, it’s an osprey, and some great photos of it too.

  25. Wit's End says:

    Is it really an osprey? That is even more exciting!

  26. David B. Benson says:

    So I took off the period at the end and then went through the whole thing. I tried the leave a comment there, but it woudn’t take for some reason. So the comment is here, just below.

    Depressing.

  27. Wit's End says:

    I have tried to fix it, thank you DBB.

    http://witsendnj.blogspot.com/2010/04/serc-sucks.html

    And thank you for your one word depressing comment, it is, isn’t it!?

    But as Bill McKibbon and others say, and I agree, the response must be to redouble our efforts. It doesn’t matter if it will end in catastrophe, regardless.

    It is the only, right thing to do.

  28. TAFL says:

    27. Palm, this is a fantastic point, and it shows how sensitive the market can be to seemingly small changes, in this case, the addition of wind to the grid that produces over time less than 10% of total electricity production. Clearly the door is wide open for electric cars and plug-in hybrids to exploit cheap electricity in off-peak-load-hours production from wind and soon a massive scale-up of solar. This looks to be a match made in heaven!

  29. catman306 says:

    Ever person in the world understands the potential for their local weather to go extreme and badly effect their lives. Storms! Climate change increases the frequency and severity of those extreme events. Thanks, Joe and you Brits, this is the message that resonates.

    Also the message of witsend’s paleoclimatologist:

    “Climate change is ALWAYS followed by mass extinction.” (My emphasis)

  30. Wit's End says:

    I was just listening to the BBC on WNYC, and some green party candidate who was being interviewed made the point that accidents like the ongoing spill in the Gulf will get more and more frequent as energy companies are forced to push the envelope to obtain oil and coal from more difficult sources.

    So I think that is a very interesting and compelling argument to make for clean energy (as if any more were needed).

    Along those lines this youtube video, “Crash Course”is instructive and pursuasive:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfAQktktGgQ&feature=player_embedded