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2007 Earth Day Observances Focus on Global Warming

April 20, 2007

Technically, the annual Earth Day observance falls on Sunday April 22, but this year it's being celebrated as an 11-day event. Heather Morijah with the South Dakota Sierra Club says the annual observance was extended because of increased attention on global warming. She says there's a growing demand from Americans from all walks of life who want action taken to cut global warming pollution. She said her group is proposing the 2 percent solution.

"This action has to add up to 80 percent cut in carbon emissions by the year 2050. So, where the 2 percent solution comes in, we start this year, 2007, by doing a 2 percent cut a year every year through 2050. Cutting these emissions by 2 percent a year will enable us to build a cleaner, smarter and safer energy future as well as a stronger economy."

Morijah believes there's much that South Dakotans can do locally.

"I think the biggest thing we can do is to contact our decision makers, even starting at the city level. Our mayors, our city councils, our county commissions, our governor and then all the way up to our federal elected officials, and ask them to adopt strong policies to reduce local carbon emissions."

Morijah wants Americans to pledge to build a smarter, cleaner, safer energy future and combat global warming, and there are some easy ways to do it.

"We can make energy and money-saving choices. We can increase the energy efficiency of our cars and homes. We can call our local utility companies and ask them to provide clean renewable energy like wind and solar power. We need to start with this locally and become a swelling movement."

Morijah notes that global warming is happening faster than scientists originally predicted, and there's a growing sea change of public opinion on the issue as Americans are really beginning to take the issue seriously.

Events planned in South Dakota this weekend include an Earth Day fair in Rapid City at the School of Mines. The event Saturday and Sunday will feature a film festival on global warming, presenters, a hybrid car show, education tables and games.

David Law/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - SD