On October 24, people in Aspen will gather to spell the words SAVE SNOW on Aspen Mountain as part of the largest global day of climate action ever.
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. This is 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.
WHO: Everyone! Friends, family, colleagues and neighbors!
WHAT: Participants will be photographed by John Catto, owner of Alpenglow Pictures Inc., from above spelling the words “SAVE SNOW” with their bodies. 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 important climate meetings this December in Copenhagen with a simple message: Please act NOW!
Simultaneously, people in every corner of 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 before their nation disappears.
After the photo, participants will gather at Ajax Tavern for free beer, Stranahan’s whiskey, music from the Powder Hounds and a drawing for special prizes. Aspen Paragliding, Eco-Flight, Ute Mountaineer, Rocky Mountain Nordic and the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) have all donated giveaways to the event.
WHEN: October 24, 2009, from 3 to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Meet promptly at 3 p.m. at Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The event is sponsored by CORE, the City of Aspen’s Canary Initiative, Ruthie Brown of Wagon Wheel Associates and Ski Co with donations from Alpenglow Pictures, Ajax Tavern, the Powder Hounds, Stranahan’s whiskey, the Limelight Lodge, Aspen Paragliding, Eco-Flight, Ute Mountaineer and Rocky Mountain Nordic. Photos from the event will be available at www.aspencore.org and at www.aspenpitkin.com. Photos from events happening all over the world will be available for free use at: http://350.org/media. For more information on the global 350 campaign, please visit www.350.org or contact Cosa Bullock in New York, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT 350.ORG: Founded by author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, 350.org is the first large-scale grassroots global campaign against climate change. Its supporters include leading scientists, the governments of 89 countries, and a huge variety of environmental, health, development and religious NGOs. All agree that current atmospheric levels of CO2—390 parts per million—are causing damage to the planet and to its most vulnerable people, and that government action at the Copenhagen climate conference is required to bring the earth’s carbon level swiftly down.