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Submitted by on 1, October 21, 2009 – 5:45 amNo Comment

1The folks at Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda and BikeAlameda are joining forces to make Alameda a part of the International Day of Climate Action with an event this Saturday, October 24 on the steps of City Hall.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. City Hall is at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about carbon emissions and to tell world leaders they need to ink a meaningful treaty on climate protection when they gather in Copenhagen this December, CASA’s David Burton said.

“Here in Alameda, one of the most effective ways for residents to act and make a difference is to make changes in their transportation habits,” Burton said, adding that more than half of the Island’s emissions are attributable to transportation.

He said the two groups will have people and tools available Saturday to help folks approach the difficult and daunting task of changing the ways they get to work, do their shopping and get around town.

Those tools include a big map that will show you how far you can get in just 350 seconds (350 parts per million being the upper limit of what’s considered a safe amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – which we’ve exceeded, by the way). “People will be very surprised when they see how far you can walk or bike in that time,” Burton said.

Local cyclists will also be on hand to help you map safe routes around town. And you can enjoy some live music and be part of a photo op while you’re there, too.

The international event is being sponsored by 350.org, and you can check out their website for more info on the more than 3,700 actions they’ve got going in 163 countries.

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