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Over 40,000 gather for Forward on Climate Keystone XL protest, says

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People on Twitter are calling 'Forward on Climate' the most fun rally they've ever seen. "This is what democracy looks like," Sierra Club tweeted.

Over 40,000 people gathered on the freezing streets of Washington, DC, to protest Keystone XL pipeline, braving wind chills that dipped into the 20s. The team at, stunned by the large-scale demonstration, was on location, in the midst of the "massive" crowd, calling on President Barack Obama to fight against climate change, providing real-time updates and pictures.

"So far we've kept this pipeline stopped for 18 months, keeping half a billion barrels of oil in the ground- #nokxl," wrote on the micro blogging site.

The impassioned protesters engaged in speeches, round dances and wildly popular Harlem shake. "Lots of joy, just enough rage on the street," according to site.

Our message for President Obama was crystal clear: time to live up to your rhetoric, take us forward on climate, and say no the Keystone XL pipeline. As former White House green jobs advisor (and movement hero) Van Jones said from the stage, “This will define your legacy, Mr. President.” —

Follow tweets about the event at #ForwardOnClimate.

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