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Sandpoint Joins Global Day of Climate Action

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Save Our Snow Rally and Ride one of nearly 2,000 events worldwide to bring attention to the need for action on climate change

SANDPOINT -- People from around Sandpoint will gather at City Beach on Oct. 24 as part of the largest day of climate change activism ever to help spread the message that aggressive measures need to be taken to protect our planet.
Participants will join more than 2,000 communities as part of a global day of action coordinated by 350.org to urge world leaders to take bold and immediate steps to address climate change and reduce carbon emissions.
“Local communities, like Sandpoint, are taking steps to reduce carbon emissions that lead to global warming,” said Susan Drumheller of the Idaho Conservation League, which is cosponsoring the Sandpoint gathering with Sandpoint Transition Initiative and Sandpoint Friends Meeting.
“People here are making a conscious effort to buy local food, cut back on driving and save energy,” Drumheller continued. “But there’s no doubt now that citizens want to see real action from national and world leaders, too.”
Around the world on Oct. 24—from capitol cities to the melting slopes of Mount Everest, even underwater on dying coral reefs—people will rally to bring attention to the number 350, which is the parts per million of carbon dioxide Earth’s atmosphere can safely handle, according to scientists. The current CO2 concentration is 390 parts per million.
The global actions come six weeks before the world’s nations convene in Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Change Conference to draw up a new climate treaty. Eighty-nine countries have already endorsed the 350 target.
Sandpoint’s Save Our Snow Rally and Bike Ride will begin at 1 p.m. Oct. 24, at Sandpoint’s City Beach picnic shelter. After a brief rally and raffle for Warren Miller movie tickets, participants will gather for a photo shoot, followed by group bike rides (mountain bike or town cruiser) to champion individual climate action.
Images from Sandpoint and around the world will be displayed on giant video screens in Times Square in New York as part of a 350 countdown, and are accessible at 350.org as part of a online photo stream. Visual documentation will be delivered to the United Nations on Monday and will be posted at www.idahoconservation.org.
For more information, go to www.idahoconservation.org.

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