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"Step It Up" event looks at climate change

A local coalition of groups concerned about the future of the earth’s climate will host a day of films, parades and live music this Saturday to coincide with a national demonstration.

Over 1300 gatherings are planned for the first organized national day of Climate Action this Saturday, April 14 in 50 states across the country. The call by “Step It Up 2007” rally-participants is for congress to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

A new local Climate Change Coalition of 20 non-profit groups have teamed up to hold a Step It Up rally in Grass Valley. Free films will be shown at the Del Oro theater, then participants will parade signs giving solutions to global warming to Condon Park to picnic and listen to a free outdoor concert.

“The idea is to get legislators to make something happen,” said founder of the Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute, Marge Kaiser. Four hundred people are expected to attend the event locally and photographs will be taken and linked electronically on the web at http://stepitup2007.org/.

Two free climate change films will run from 10 a.m. to noon: “Too Hot Not to Handle” and “Kilowatt Ours.” Free energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs will be handed out by PowerUp-NC after the movies.

The parade will wind through town and end up in Condon Park where music by Saul Rayo and Organic Flood will be performed at 1 p.m. People are encouraged to walk, bike, bus or carpool to the event.

A special bike caravan will assemble at the corner of South Pine and Spring Streets in Nevada City at 8:30 then ride to the Del Oro. The caravan is organized by Alliance for People Powered Transportation.

For more information visit the national website at http://www.stepitup2007.org or call local organizers at 470-8642.

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