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Aspen Climate Action Party offers chance to act

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Last October, Aspenites gathered to spell “SAVE SNOW” with their bodies on Aspen Mountain. This year’s global day of climate action will require a little more, well, action.

The Aspen Climate Action Party takes place Sunday, Oct. 10. It will be among more than 5,000 events that are expected to take place around the globe.

Participants are invited to Gondola Plaza at 1 p.m., where they can sign up to help out with various efforts – mine-reclamation work in the Castle Creek Valley, planting trees on Independence Pass or helping prepare a demonstration garden outside City Hall. Canvassing the community, door to door, with energy efficiency information is another option. So is building one’s own solar oven.

“It’s a challenge, but I’m hoping that it will be inspiring to people and people will actually get out and do something,” said Lauren McDonell, interim director of Aspen’s Canary Initiative, a program aimed at reducing the town’s impact on climate change.

The 10/10/10 work day is organized by 350.org, a global, grassroots, campaign focused on climate change, founded by author and environmentalist Bill McKibben. Its name refers to a scientific data point: 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide is the safe upper limit for the atmosphere, according the organization’s website.

Last year, people rallied around the globe to pose for photos that were to be sent to elected officials in advance of climate meetings that took place in December 2009 in Copenhagen.

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This year’s event will also involve a photo element – locals are invited to join students at the Aspen Elementary School playground on Friday at 2:15 p.m. for a photo. Participants should wear a white T-shirt.

Sunday’s activities are free. A party will follow, with beer and a showing of the film “Carbon Nation” at 4:30 p.m. at the Limelight Lodge in Aspen. Libations and the movie are free for project volunteers; admission is $5 for everyone else.

Sponsors of the local event include the Canary Initiative and city Environmental Health Department, CORE, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, the Aspen Skiing Co. and Aspen Film.