Aspen, CO Students call attention to climate change

May 25, 2007 at 5:49 am | Posted in 5th grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Aspen, Climate change, Colorado, Community service, Local effects of AGW, School project, Students | Leave a comment

ASPEN — A group of students will use Aspen Mountain and the Silver Queen Gondola plaza as a billboard Friday, as part of Aspen Middle School’s community service day.According to teacher Peter Hanson, students will erect an orange snow fence – courtesy of the Aspen Skiing Co. – about 800 feet above the level of the Gondola Plaza, as a way to illustrate the effects of global warming on the resort.Students also will be at the gondola plaza to solicit signatures on petitions bound for the White House, intended to urge President Bush to either sign the Kyoto Protocol – an international treaty to cut greenhouse gas emissions on a global scale – or to pass it on to Congress for ratification.

Hanson, whose Base Camp class of 13 students in grades 5 through 8 is undertaking the project, said the source of the students’ information is the city of Aspen’s Canary Initiative Report, which maintains that climate changes have already begun locally.

This is a good local front page news story that may inspire more students and adults to get out there and raise awareness of climate change this holiday weekend. You can read the rest of the article by John Colson to find out what these fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders are really up to in this climate change awareness project.

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