392 And Rising -- Getting to 350 Rally
Take the Pledge to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels
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About The Event
Syracuse, NY - Saturday, Sept 24 from 10:00 to 11:00 am there will be a rally on the Quad at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) campus to call attention to the dangers posed by an ever increasing CO2 concentration in the atmosphere and the impact on climate change. The rally will take place during the Annual ESF Alumni & Family Fall BBQ Weekend. Community participation for the 350 rally is welcome. Please note that the BBQ is an advance sale ticket event and due to the SU Football Game there is no parking on campus.
The rally is being held in association with Moving-Planet.org which is organizing an international series of events on Sept. 24 to bring attention to the need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels which add CO2 to the atmosphere.
In 1959, the first year data on CO2was collected, the CO2 concentration was 316 parts per million (ppm). Today it is 392. Atmospheric CO2 is accelerating upward from decade to decade. For the past ten years, the average annual rate of increase is 2.04 ppm. This rate of increase is more than double the increase in the 1960's when the rate was .88 ppm. 350 parts per million is what many scientists, climate experts, and progressive governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. www.co2now.org
10:00 - 10:20 am - On the ESF Quad, the number 350 will be formed by participants to symbolize the importance of getting the CO2 concentration back to 350 ppm. In case of rain the number 350 will still be formed outside but the presentations starting at 10:20 will be moved to Marshall Auditorium.
Note for media: The 3rd floor of Bray Hall will be available to shoot from for photos of the human 350 figure.
10:20 am - Neil Murphy, President of ESF will speak on the dangers of the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the impact on climate change.
10:30 - 10:50 - Andrew Maxwell - Director City of Syracuse Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Matthew Millea - Deputy Onondaga County Executive for Physical Services will present on City and County efforts to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
10:50 - 11:00 am - Samuel Gordon, CNY Energy Smart Communications Coordinator will talk about personal commitment and ask people to take the ENERGY STAR Pledge. Participants will be able to sign paper copies of the pledge stating their commitment to reduce emissions through energy conservation actions.
The rally is cosponsored by The Environmental Studies Student Organization of the State University of New York , College of Environmental Science and Forestry as part of the ESF Alumni & Family Fall BBQ activities scheduled that day. GreeningUSA and CNY Energy Smart are organizational partners for this rally.
For a full schedule of the Annual ESF Alumni & Family Fall BBQ Weekend activities visit: http://www.esf.edu/alumni/fallBBQ/. For directions please visit http://www.esf.edu/maps/.