by Michael dEstries
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Daryl Hannah is set to join thousands on Monday in Washington, D.C. for what’s being billed as the largest mass civil disobedience rally for the climate in U.S. history. The protest will take place at the Capitol Power Plan — the only coal-burning plant in the District, and a major source of sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and soot.

“We need to send a message to Congress and the president that we want them to take the actions that are needed to preserve climate for young people and future generations and all life on the planet,” said Dr. James Hansen, NASA’s chief climate scientist in a video posted on “What has become clear from the science is that we cannot burn all of the fossil fuels without creating a very different planet. The only practical way to solve the problem is to phase out the biggest source of carbon — and that’s coal.”

According to the website, the rally is intended to peacefully disrupt access to the plant by surrounding it. Obviously, the 2,500 people expected to attend all face the risk of arrest — but that hasn’t stopped people like Daryl Hannah from standing up for what they believe in before. In 2006, the Splash star was arrested after she refused to come down from a tree while protesting the destruction of an inner-city LA garden. Joining her in D.C. on Monday will be Hansen, former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, singer Kathy Mattea and James Gustave Speth, dean of Yale University’s School of Forestry. Susan Sarandon, who recently recorded a PSA for the event calling on people to join the rally, will be unable to attend due to a scheduled performance.

To find out more on the event, jump to the Capitol Climate Action website here.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Elaine Vigneault

    Wow, I LOVE that web design. Whoever did that is awesome :)

  • sheryl, washington dc

    I wonder how many people will be able to get into town today? It’s snowing hard out here in Manassas and the main road near my home hasn’t been plowed.

  • Erin Andrews, Northern Virginia

    There are alternatives to coal and nuclear energy. A local developer has an innovative concept using wastewater to generate energy.

    Newly founded Green Energy Partners, LLC is already contracted with Dominion Virginia Power for a site in Northern Virginia. Your support in getting the new concept to the Global public would be appreciated.

    Green Enerby Partners, LLC

  • Scott Goodman

    I applaud her continual support of worthy causes,DC was no different and her selfless giving and support to the earth mother is unequaled anywhere.Thank You for doing what others wish to but can not.
    PS.On the train ride to Chicago after the event,her Mukluks & Hat were outstanding (thanks for brightening my otherwise mundane trip Daryl :-)Peace !!!

  • s

    thank u for protesting that! coal is never clean. my grandparents used to heat their house with it, and there was coal dirt everywhere, all over the floors..yuk! but the protest thingy sound like fun!

  • http://ecorazzi donna hash

    not everone is born weathly some people actually has to work for a living and where i live coal supports thousands of family’s so any of you activist want to support us, i have 2 children what are they going to do when i tell them that people like you took their daddy’s job’ and we have to live on welfare. dont you believe in a honest living and hard work,so go ahead protest but we can fight back to.

  • Amanda

    Here here, West Virginians! Did nobody learn from McDowell county?