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Feb 17, 2013 12:41 PM by Laura Wilson - KAJ News

Montanans joining in climate rally

KALISPELL - Tens of thousands of people will gather in Washington D.C. on Sunday for what is being billed as the biggest climate rally in U.S. history. There are also several events happening in Montana, including in the Flathead and Missoula valleys.

The biggest rally is set to take place at noon in downtown Whitefish, with volunteers saying that climate change is an issue that has hit close to home. Whitefish residents have expressed concerns about the amount of open water in Whitefish Lake over the last few winter seasons, believing it to be a direct result of climate change.

Organizers say the main goal for tomorrow is to spread the message that it's time to take action now.

"Every year, we're seeing warmer winters, on average. The snow is melting earlier in the Spring, and we have more big wildfires. Enough talk, [it's] time for action. Let's protect what's so wonderful about Montana while we can.," rally organizer Steve Thompson said.

The Montana Forward on Climate rallies all start at noon on Sunday. The Whitefish event will take place on the corner of Spokane Ave. and Second Street, a Kalispell event is happening at Depot Park, and on Bigfork, people will gathering in front of Harvest Foods.

A Missoula rally is also planned for noon at the X's at the end of North Higgins Avenue.

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