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“Cool Globe” Exhibit Helps Californians Cool the Earth

August 5, 2008

San Francisco - The art of climate change makes its premiere appearance on the West Coast today in a traveling public art project. Crissy Field, a large public park area in San Francisco, will be lined with some three dozen colorful seven-foot-tall fiberglass spheres. The "Cool Globes" exhibit is designed to encourage Americans to reduce their carbon footprints to fight global warming.

Emily Schrepf, Clean Air and Climate coordinator with the National Parks Conservation Association, says the group's globe, "Things to do Today," shows how Californians can counteract the effects of climate change on the national parks.

"It's a creative, fun way to explore and experience these things that everyone can do to collectively reduce our carbon footprint and, we hope, to alleviate climate change."

Taking action, Schrepf suggests, is as easy as switching to compact fluorescent bulbs or riding a bike instead of driving.

The NPCA also has teamed up with the National Park Service to launch a new interactive Internet site that encourages Californians to "adopt a park" and pledge to take climate-friendly actions. Ozola Cody with the National Park Service says the agency's goal is to encourage people to learn how to reduce carbon emissions and then pass the information on to others.

"You just go online, pick the park of your choice, sign up, and make a pledge to reduce your personal carbon emissions and track your carbon footprint."

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will attend today's opening. The exhibit runs through Oct. 12.

More information about the public art exhibit is available at a href="http://www.coolglobes.com">www.coolglobes.com.


Lori Abbott/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - CA