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Making a difference

Dear Editor:

It’s hard to put into words just how powerful and inspiring the Aspen Climate Action Party was on Sunday. More than 70 people came out to roll up their sleeves and do real, tangible work to tackle climate change.

Participants chose from one of six projects, and together we built a City Hall demonstration garden, helped prepare the Hope Mine site for mitigation work, planted 23 trees and plants on Independence Pass, distributed reusable bags to grocery shoppers, wrote letters to legislators and built useable solar ovens – all in three hours or less!

The enthusiasm and cooperation among the volunteers reaffirmed our belief that Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley truly have what it takes to address the sometimes daunting challenge of climate change. Aspen was one of 7,347 communities in 188 countries around the globe to take part in the 350.org’s global climate work party. Visit http://www.350.org to see photos of work parties from around the world.

We want to thank the individuals and organizations that helped make this event possible, including: the Community Office for Resource Efficiency; the city of Aspen Environmental Health Department; the city of Aspen Energy Efficiency Program; the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies; Aspen Skiing Co., including Auden Schendler and Chris Klug; the Limelight Lodge staff; Aspen Film; For the Forest; the Independence Pass Foundation; the Crown family; Aspen T.R.E.E.; Rock Bottom Ranch, and Plant Trees 4 Life.

The passion and hard work of these partners made this event more fun and effective than any of us could have anticipated. We especially want to thank all of the volunteers who came out on a beautiful fall Sunday to make a difference. We hope you are all proud of the work you did!

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Please help keep the momentum in our community going by urging your state and federal representatives to act sooner rather than later to develop policy, including putting a price on carbon, that will help create and sustain a livable planet for us and future generations.

Lauren McDonell and Ashley Cantrell

City of Aspen Canary Initiative and Environmental Health Department

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