Okay, let’s look at that arbitrary round number in a minute. The very first comment on that inane waste of bandwidth was posted by the brave little green mountain lion himself, who boldly snurped at the figure.
Dork_F came out with some lucid smack, yet he weenied out as the resulting hive-mind dogpile downding frenzy reamed him a new Gus for even questioning the questionable 3.5 x 10k propaganda number.
However, the author of that promoted page, Loyal Lizard-Lapper Randall Gross, linked to USA Today, that linked to Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org.
“This was the biggest climate change rally in U.S. history,” said rally organizer Bill McKibben. “By our count, 50,000 people gathered by the Washington Monument and then marched past the White House, demanding that the President do more than pay lip service to what one speaker called “the climate crisis.”
Google him/them if you wish, but meanwhile Anthony Watts takes the number down to about 5,ooo cold and wet protesters.
So here we go. If five thousand people can be erroneously estimated to be 50k, then maybe Watts’ number is mistaken as well, and there were only 500 people. Perhaps fewer. With such huge margins of error, we suspect that the Protest for Action looked more like this: