Rally for Moral Action on Climate Change Attendance Falls Far Short

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IMG_0717I attended a Rally for Moral Action on Climate Change on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., September 25 to ask attendees why they went and what they knew about climate science. It was almost as difficult to find attendees as it was to find anything they knew about climate science!

Organizers obtained a permit for “up to 200,000” people. Though I’d estimate there were perhaps 1,000 to 3,000 there, it’s likely many, maybe most, weren’t there because they were concerned about climate change but only because they wanted to hear the Pope (whose address to Congress came midway through the rally and was shown to the crowd)—which is probably why even many pro-Green publications, including ThinkProgress, reported only “hundreds.”

The attendees were friendly (perhaps because my camerawoman and I didn’t tell them we worked for the Cornwall Alliance or what our views were). I asked relatively neutral questions. Only if they mentioned particular issues did I ask follow-up questions about scientific facts (e.g., that there’s been no global warming in 18 years, according to satellite measurements) to test their knowledge. In most cases, the interviewees had never heard the facts. We recorded the interviews and will post them on the Cornwall Alliance’s YouTube channel shortly. Click here to subscribe and receive updates.

As I approached the rally yesterday morning, this section of the National Mall had no one in it. Later on a few attendees sat and watched the Pope's speech on the Jumbo screen,

As I approached the rally yesterday morning, this section of the National Mall had no one in it. Later on a few attendees sat and watched the Pope’s speech on the Jumbo screen,

Early on the crowd was mostly white, middle-aged and older, but it became more diverse as time went on. Organizers, including the Green groups Moral Action on Climate Justice, Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, and Earth Day Network, must have spent millions to reserve huge swaths of the National Mall, place at least four separate jumbo screens and massive amplifier arrays, and bring in multiple entertainers and speakers (including Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, and Christina Grimmie).

The relatively meager attendance suggests that fewer people are falling for climate alarmism’s scare tactics. My interaction with Millennials was encouraging—many, presented with scientific facts opposing alarmism, agreed that they needed to do more research and agreed that if environmental regulations hurt people in poverty, they needed a second look. What a refreshing response!


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Megan is the Director of Communications for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, and Editor of EarthRisingBlog.com. You can follow her on Twitter @MeganToombs.

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