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Local environmental coalition calls on community support to address global warming

National Day of Climate Action, on a smoky day in September 2014 in Nevada City
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What: People’s Climate Rally

Where: Broad Street Bridge, at the foot of Broad Street in Nevada City

When: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.on Wednesday

It’s going to take more than one individual’s effort to reduce fossil fuel and prevent global warming.

That is why the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition, a local environmental group, is rallying residents to mount a unified front against the rising of the earth’s temperature, a phenomenon which some scientists predict will cause catastrophic effects on the weather pattern and the human system.

“We can’t do much about climate change as an individual, but we can build a movement to turn this issue around,” said Sharon Delgado, a board member of the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition and an organizer of the rally.

Peoples’ Climate Rally, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Broad Street Bridge in Nevada City, is a part of the National Day of Action initiated by People’s Climate Movement to demand strong attention to the global warming issue before world leaders convene in Paris for the December Climate Summit.

More than 400,000 people participated in The People’s Climate March in New York City and cities around the world on Sept. 21, 2014, which prompted its organizer to create a National Day of Action so activists could have their voices heard and to address steps that people could take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, considered a major cause of global warming.

The event, which will take place on Oct. 14 this year, has garnered the support of more than 40 cities around the country, according to People’s Climate Movement, a national organization created by a group of nonprofits to urge leaders to take “bold action” against the environmental crisis.

Reed Hamilton, a board member of the Nevada County Climate Change Coordinating Committee, said it’s important for residents of Nevada County to tackle climate change because he is seeing the impact of global warming locally.

“Though the drought was not necessarily caused by warming, scientific reports this year emphasize that the high temperatures have exacerbated its effects,” he said.

This is the second time that the Nevada County Climate Change has answered the call of the People’s Climate Movement. It organized a rally last year in response to urge of the group.

According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, human actions are the catalyst of greenhouse gas emission, which resulted in the rise of earth temperature.

The organization found that from 1990 to 2013, greenhouse gas emissions caused by human actions rose 6 percent.

“Climate change is real, it’s caused by human actions. We are putting too much fossil emission in the air,” said Delgado. “There are things we can do to prepare for the changes that are coming.”

To find out more about the rally, go to the Facebook page of Nevada County Climate Change Coalition.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, call 530-477-4236 or email tliu@theunion.com.

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