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Save the snow

Dear Editor:

In December, the next round of international climate negotiations will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark. These talks to get the world to agree on limits to human-induced greenhouse gases, which contribute to global climate change, have been going on for more than a decade. Historically, the United States has not stepped into a leadership position to fix a problem to which we are the leading contributor. In December, it can be different.

Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now authorized to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. Cap and trade legislation has passed the House and has been introduced in the Senate. International consensus is growing that strong action needs to be taken immediately to address the climate crisis.

On Oct. 24, Aspen will join more than 2,700 communities in 158 countries to participate in the International Day of Climate Action, organized by 350.org. 350 is the most important number in the world as 350 parts per million is the maximum limit of carbon dioxide that our atmosphere can sustain and still give us a planet similar to the one humanity has known. We are currently hovering around 390 parts per million. Ice caps are melting, drought is spreading, and Aspen has lost 28 days of winter in the last 25 years.

Please join us in Gondola Plaza at 3 p.m. sharp Saturday. Bring your winter gear. We will pose for a photo on Aspen Mountain spelling out “Save Snow.” World-renowned photographer John Catto will take the photo, which will be shared along with thousands of others with the world’s climate negotiators and leaders to demand strong action on climate change.

Following the photo there will be a party for all participants at Ajax Tavern with music from the Powder Hounds; free beer, soda and Stranahan’s whiskey; and drawings for great prizes, including an energy audit from CORE and a flight from EcoFlight. Please come and take a stand for saving snow!

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Kim Peterson

city of Aspen’s Canary Initiative

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