Global Poverty Project CEO Hugh Evans has many goals for Saturday’s free Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day rally on the National Mall, one of which is simple: “We want the sun to shine,” Evans says. His other goals are more ambitious. The rally and star-studded concert, put on by the Global Poverty Project and the Earth Day Network, aim to unite the issues of climate change and global poverty, and to engage citizens and business and world leaders to act now to address both.

What is this?
It’s a rally. The main event is the free concert, which will feature sets from My Morning Jacket (read Express’ interview with singer Jim James here), Train, Fall Out Boy, Mary J. Blige, Usher and No Doubt. and Soledad O’Brien are hosting the program, which runs rain or shine. The day’s speakers include Don Cheadle, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. Organizers are not releasing a schedule of performances.

How big will the crowd be?
Organizers expect 250,000 to attend. That’s slightly bigger than the crowd for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in 2010, which drew an estimated 215,000.


Where is this happening?
On the National Mall. The stage is between the Ellipse and the Washington Monument, just south of Constitution Avenue. The grounds have three access points: Jefferson Drive and 15th Street NW, 17th Street and Independence Avenue SW, and 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Parking is limited; your best bet is to take Metro to the Federal Triangle or Smithsonian stations.

When should I arrive?
If you want a spot near the stage, get there by 10 a.m., when gates open. (The event starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 7:30 p.m.) There are five screens set up on the grounds for those standing farther back.

Why is this happening now?
The rally is timed to coincide with both the 45th anniversary of Earth Day and the spring meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. “We’re interested in building a sustainable movement,” Evans says. “And that’s all focused on long-term engagement of people who want to create change but often don’t know how they can best direct their actions.”

This sounds exhausting. Can I watch it at home?
Yes, you can stream the concert here.