Souhegan Valley 350 Day, a day of action against climate change

Friend,

You are invited to the Souhegan Valley 350 Day, a day of action against climate change. 

This is an invitation to build a movement—to take one day and use it to stop the climate crisis.


350.org is a group of people from around the planet—young and old, scientists and writers and activists—who have one thing in common. We know the most important number on earth: 350. And we know how to use that number to finally get global action on the worst crisis humans have ever faced. But we can only do it with your help.


A year ago, our greatest climatologist—NASA’s James Hansen—and his team produced a landmark series of studies. They showed that if we let the amount of carbon in the atmosphere top 350 parts per million, we can’t have a planet “similar to the one on which civilization developed and to which life on earth is adapted.”


The bad news is we’re already past that number—we’re at 390 parts per million, which is why the Arctic is melting, why drought is spreading across the planet, why people are already dying from diseases like dengue fever and malaria occurring in places where they’ve never been seen before.


The good news: that number gives us a target to aim for. When the world’s leaders meet in Copenhagen in December to reach agreement on a new climate treaty, we need them to go farther than they’ve planned to go: we need to make sure they’ll pay attention to the latest science and put forward a plan that gets us back to safety.


So here’s the plan. On October 24, join us in Milford, NH, to celebrate 350 Day.  People in more than 1750 communities around the globe have already announced plans—they’ll be school children planting 350 trees in Bangladesh, scientists hanging banners saying 350 on the statues on Easter Island, 350 scuba divers diving underwater at the Great Barrier Reef, and a thousand more creative actions like these. 

So far more than 140 nations are taking part—it’s shaping up to be to be the biggest day of grassroots action on global warming ever.  Don’t miss out on this international day of action!

Join us on Saturday, October 24th, from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Milford to celebrate the Souhegan Valley’s 350 Day! 

WHAT:  Souhegan Valley 350 Day – multi-faith service,  with clergy & congregations from area churches/temples, music provided by local musicians, singing, a procession, information tables, children’s activities, a community harvest lunch.  The entire community is encouraged to join in – church/temple goers and non.

WHEN:  Saturday, October 24th, 2009    10:00am – 1:00pm

WHERE:  Unitarian Universalist Church of Milford, 20 Elm Street, Milford, NH

WHY:  To learn about climate change and sustainable living, to celebrate community and enjoy local food, and to take action to stop climate change

            For more information, please contact the Unitarian Universalist Church of Milford at (603) 673-1870, x5.

Please forward this to friends and family and encourage them to join us!

If you play an instrument or sing, and would like to play in our community rendition of the 350 Anthem* contact Gail for details.  (* Click here to listen to English audiofile and here for Download the lyrics and chords)  

If you would like to volunteer to help us get this off the ground, let me know as well! 

 Look forward to seeing you on the 24! Gail Denemark  672-1747

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Merrimack Station Coal Plant- Should coal be in our future???Jim Reubens – Union of Concerned Scientists- update

Thanks to the efforts of WMD’ers Gail Denemark and hostess organizer Nan Stearns a large concerned group met , Sunday Dec. 7 to learn the pressing issues regarding the Merrimack Station Coal Plant status in Bow NH.

The featured speaker, Jim Rubens (former NH state senator) of the Union of Concerned Scientists is working on national policy for a strong climate bill.

A few quick facts and background that call for citizen action

  • 30% of NH carbon emissions come from the Bow coal plant, a dirty source of energy production
  • NH has 3rd highest asthma rate in US (and you thought it was from air currents in Midwest)
  • NH legislature passed a bill 2006 requiring PSNH to install a scrubber by 2013 to reduce mercury emissions
  • August 2008 report – the cost of the scrubber increased from projected $250 million to $457 million
  • NH PUC (Public Utilities Commission) ruled Nov. 12 that scrubber law requires construction must go forward
  • the more expensive scrubber will not bring the plant into compliance with current Mercury , clean water and likely CO2 emission standards

NEEDED ACTION !

Currently there is not the information about how this project will impact rate payers as well as the environmental outcomes. The key item is that information is needed before action is taken that may have a 30-40 year commitment. A law is needed to require the PUC to obtain information..

PLEASE CALL YOUR STATE SENATOR and ask them to co-sponsor and support Senator Harold Janeway’s bill to require the PUC to obatin this information: (the bill number is not yet known)

(1) the full cost of reconstruction and operating Merrimack Station in compliance with present and expected anti-pollution requirements; and

(2) the cost and environmental benefits of the viable alternatives.

go to http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/ns.whosmyleg/default.asp to find your legislator