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New Yorkers Get their Chance to Act on Climate Change

April 13, 2007

New Yorkers who are concerned about climate change will be calling for Congress to take action this weekend to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050. One of the most dramatic events will be in the city, where a "Sea of People" will outline how much of lower Manhattan could be lost to flooding as a result of climate change. Susan Lawrence with the Sierra Club’s Hudson Mohawk group will be one of the New Yorkers taking time out Saturday to demand that Congress take action on climate change.

"From Buffalo, to Albany, to New York City, to the Adirondacks, there’s gonna be all sorts of actions to greatly reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that’s released into the air, and to reduce it overall by 80 percent by the year 2050."

The biggest action is expected at high noon Saturday. The Sierra Club’s Bob Muldoon says thousands of New Yorkers all dressed in blue are expected to form a "Sea of People" that should extend for more than a mile.

"It’s going to demonstrate what the coastline of Manhattan will look like if a sea-level rise takes place from global warming. People will line up from one side of the bottom of Manhattan to the other to demonstrate how the coastline will move in, and how blocks will be flooded."

The advocacy group Solar One is organizing the rally to show how global warming could produce a ten foot rise in sea level within the next century. Learn more at www.seaofpeople.org.

Over 1,300 "Step It Up" events are planned in all fifty states. To the find the one nearest you, visit online at www.stepitup07.org.

Michael Clifford/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NY