Parade to kick off Belfast Climate Action Day Rally

Posted Oct. 19, 2009, at 10:12 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Maine communities, including Belfast, will join more than 3,500 groups from 160 countries on Saturday, Oct. 24, in actions urging world leaders to commit to a climate treaty.

The Belfast Climate Action Day Rally will begin with a parade starting at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 2:30 p.m. followed a rally at 3 p.m. on Belfast Common.

After a poem by Karin Spitfire, Belfast’s 2008 poet laureate, and a brief talk by Cindy Thomashow, executive director of the Center for Environmental Education at Unity College, participants will move from the common to the Boathouse at Steamboat Landing lawn to shape themselves into a giant number 350 and a “circle of change.”

The number 350 represents the maximum number of parts per million of carbon dioxide that NASA’s head scientist James Hansen and scores of other scientists believe will allow maintenance of a planet similar to that on which civilization developed.

All those attending are encouraged to bring things they use to reduce carbon footprints, such as bicycles, energy-efficient objects such as light bulbs or hand mixers, sustainably produced products, and garden tools to show how Belfast can do its part in this global effort.

The “circle of change” will include objects that community members use to reduce their carbon footprint. With the Belfast Harbor in the background, the photo of this living artwork, designed by Danny Piper, will be broadcast along with others from around the world through media coverage on screens in Times Square, New York City and on the Internet.

The photos will be hand-delivered to world leaders before United Nations Climate Summit negotiations in December.

For information on worldwide events see www.350.org. For information on Belfast’s events contact Mitch Henrion, mitchysnow@yahoo.com, 338-3369, or Fran Clemetson, education@belfast.coop, 338-2532.

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