Bike Ride to Raise Awareness on Climate Change Oct. 24

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

University of Iowa News Release

The UI Student Chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World will host a 350.org 3.5 mile bike ride through downtown Iowa City on October 24 as part of the International Day of Climate Action.

The local bike ride is one of more than 2,000 rallies/events in more than 140 nations coordinated by 350.org to urge world leaders to take fast and effective action on global warming.

The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the corner of Iowa Avenue and Clinton Street and consist of a 3.5 mile bike ride through downtown Iowa City with police escorts (www.runningmap.com?id=143477). All faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the College are invited to participate. A waiver/release form is required for participation.

Following the bike ride, participants will meet on the west side of Old Capitol to form “350” for a photo shoot.

Engineers for a Sustainable World has organized the event with the support of the following groups: 350.org, Eco-Iowa City, UI Office of Sustainability, Iowa Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility; Iowa Renewable Energy Association; Johnson County Public Health Department and the UI International Programs Environmental Committee.

For more information, go to www.350.org/node/6718 or contact Jonathon Durst at jonathan-durst@uiowa.edu. Bike ride participants can either RSVP in advance or show up the day of the event. There is no cost to participate.

Following the bike ride, ECO Iowa City is hosting a showing of “Watch the Age of Stupid” at 4:30 p.m., Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

This the first global campaign ever organized around a scientific data point. Scientists have insisted in recent years that 350 parts per million is the most carbon dioxide we can safely have in the atmosphere. The current CO2 concentration is 390 parts per million. 350.org and its supporters agree that current atmospheric levels of CO2 – 390 parts per million are causing damage to the planet and its most vulnerable people, and that government action at the Copenhagen climate conferred is required to bring the earth’s carbon level swiftly down.