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Monday, October 19, 2009

Aspen to spell it out: 'Save Snow'



ASPEN — People in Aspen will gather Saturday, Oct. 24 to spell the words “SAVE SNOW” with their bodies on Aspen Mountain, in what's being dubbed as the largest global day of climate action ever held.

The action takes place from 3 to 5 p.m.

The event — one of nearly 2,500 rallies in more than 150 nations — is coordinated by 350.org to urge world leaders to take fast and effective action on global warming. It's the first global campaign ever organized around a scientific data point: 350 parts per million CO2 is the safe upper limit for the atmosphere, according to the latest scientific data.

Everyone is encouraged to wear winter gear (snowboards, skis, jackets, hats, etc.) for the photo. The end result — a photograph of hundreds of winter enthusiasts standing on a snowless ski mountain — will be sent to local, regional, national and international elected officials before the climate meetings this December in Copenhagen.

Simultaneously, people around the world will be taking similar action, from climbers with 350 banners high on the melting slopes of Mount Everest to government officials in the Maldive Islands holding an underwater cabinet meeting to demand action on climate change.

After the photo in Aspen, participants will gather at Ajax Tavern for free beer, Stranahan's whiskey, music from the Powder Hounds and a drawing for prizes. Aspen Paragliding, Eco-Flight, Ute Mountaineer, Rocky Mountain Nordic and the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) have donated giveaways to the event.

Founded by author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, 350.org is the first large-scale grassroots global campaign against climate change.


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