Climate action day celebrations Saturday

Monique Chiasson
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TRURO - Bells and banners will soon be seen parading down Prince Street
in the name of environmental awareness.
Saturday is International Day of Climate Action - a part of a campaign called 350.org - and local citizens concerned about the environment are hosting a few events in honour of the day.
At 10 a.m. in the Nova Scotia Community College's gym an environmental film will be shown. Movie-goers should bring a box lunch. Participants will make placards and banners and walk up Prince Street at 3:50 p.m. with them, rain or shine.
"We want to wake up Truro and area and show the government how serious we are about the reduction of greenhouse gas in our area," said Beaver Brook's Doris McCallum, an environment enthusiast.
Also at 3:50 p.m. churches are asked to ring their bells 35 times, with congregations across Canada as a call for action to help solve the climate crisis.
These events are a few examples of creative acts of awareness around the world that will occur until the climate treaty convention in Copenhagen in December.
World leaders are being urged to sign a global agreement that will reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million.
"It's now 389 parts per million ... scientists agree 350 is the maximum level for safety and we are producing more carbon dioxide than is healthy," said McCallum.
"This world will no doubt end if we don't do anything."
McCallum said petitions will be passed around during Saturday's events for people to sign in support
of environmental change and
sustainability.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College

Geographic location: Prince Street, Beaver Brook, Canada Copenhagen

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  • dave
    January 18, 2010 - 09:39

    there has always been climate change - it's called continental drift.