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Posted on: June 21, 2010

[ARCHIVED] Emergency Climate Meeting and Green Forum

Emergency Climate Meeting and Green Forum

This week, a team of students from across New England will be riding into Amherst on their bicycles to spread the word about the immediate need for action on Climate Change. The students will hold an Emergency Climate Meeting and Green Forum at the University of Massachusetts Newman Center located at 472 North Pleasant Street this Thursday, June 24th at 6:00 PM. Discussion will focus on the urgent need for all citizens to commit to reducing their carbon footprints.

Inspired by the message of Bill McKibben, noted author and environmentalist, the team is spreading the word that we need to reduce our Carbon Dioxide emission levels down to 350 parts per million to avoid long term environmental consequences – some of which Mr. McKibben predicts to be irreversible. Students from across New England our participating in the program entitled, “New England Climate Summer” as a means to deliver the message to people in the region. Three teams of four students are bicycling across Massaschusetts and New Hampshire, staying in a different community each week and working with local organizations, faith groups, other students and community leaders to organize and network to help fight climate change. The event is free and open to the public. For more information log on to their website: www.newenglandclimatesummer.org or click on the link to the teams’ blog, www.climatesummer.wordpress.com.

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