Auburn-Opelika Activists Participate in Global Work Party
Sierra Club members Rita Kempf (rear, center) of Auburn, Gene Hunter (right) of Opelika, and six students of Auburn's Drake Middle School observed a tree planted (October 8) on the campus of Auburn's DMS.
In conjunction with the Global Work Party of October 10, concerned citizens in Auburn and Opelika participated in local events similar to those undertaken at almost 7400 locations, in at least 188 countries. (The local events occurred just prior to, on, and just after October 10.) The object of these events was to call attention to climate change in communities worldwide and to motivate citizens and policy makers to act. These global events were promoted by 350.org, the mission of which "is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet." Local efforts were organized by the Sierra Club, assisted by Save Our Saugahatchee and Friends of Chewacla Creek and the Uphapee Watershed (CHEWUP).
In the Auburn-Opelika area, temperature and other characteristics of bodies of water were recorded, a tree was planted at Auburn's Drake Middle School, energy efficiency and conservation were discussed with city councils and retirees, and there was a free public screening of National Geographic's Glacier Meltdown. A major goal of these efforts was to increase awareness of climate change which, according to the private, independent, congressionally chartered, non-profit National Academy of Sciences, is real and "has been caused primarily by human activities," especially the burning fossil fuels -- coal, oil, and natural gas.
Given that other countries are moving quickly to establish production of alternative energy systems and the associated good jobs, the U.S. must act fast, or we risk falling far behind. The choice is ours.
Pictures that accompany this text show our local citizens taking action.
Submitted by David Newton
Clara Clothiaux of Auburn tested Parkinson's Mill Creek (on September 24) for E. coli on behalf of Save Our Saugahatchee.
Mary Lou Smith of Auburn tested the water (on September 23) in Chewacla State Park's Chewacla Lake on behalf of CHEWUP.
David Newton (center) of Auburn and six Interior Design students from Auburn University gathered after a public screening of National Geographic's "Glacier Meltdown" in Auburn on October 10.