White Mountains - Groups of hikers ascended each of the peaks named after a former president in the White Mountain's Presidential Range today to send a message about global warming. On top of each peak, groups took pictures holding a banner with a message that honored their mountain's namesake: "What would [president's name] do? Cut Carbon 80% by 2050!" The images were displayed later that evening in North Conway and will be made available on the group's website(www.climbitfortheclimate.org).
"These mountains are among the most iconic places in New Hampshire," said Bonnie Hemphill, one of the many student organizers who put together the event. "The fall colors on their slopes, the snow on their summits, and the entire tourism industry built around this area is all threatened by global warming. We want to show the nation that New Hampshire is ready for leadership on climate change."
Along with citizens from around New Hampshire, the day's events were coordinated by a group of students who have been working in the state all summer to promote real solutions to global warming. Climb it for the Climate is one of many events the students have organized to lead up to their culminating event--the "March to Re-energize New Hampshire,"a five day march from Nashua to Concord on August 1-5.
"We're hoping to make it the largest rally on global warming in the United States to date," says Jason Kowalski, one of the groups organizers. "Citizens are demanding real solutions to global warming and it's high time our leaders caught up with us. This is a priority issue in New Hampshire."
That is the message that will be sent from each mountain top, says Jamie Henn, another student involved in the cause. "Climb It for the Climate is a chance for us to honor the leadership of our former presidents," he said. "Look: there's a reason we named mountains after these guys. They weren't perfect, but they rose to the challenge of their day. That's what were asking for now."
WHEN: Saturday, July 14, 2007
WHERE: While hikers will be on Mts.Adams, Eisenhower, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Pierce, Quincy Adams,and Washington on Saturday, media can find Climb It fun happening in three locations over the course of the day.
- Alarge crowd will gather on the summit of Mt. Washington at midday to hear an address from members of the youth climate movement and GeorgeWashington himself: all press are warmly invited to attend, whether viacarbon-conscious hiking trails or...the Auto Road. Please contact the organizers before Saturday to alert them if you may join the Mt. Washington summit event.
- Forthose who will be in the While Mountains area but unable to summit Mt.Washington, contact the Climb It for the Climate Basecamp Response Team captained by Emily Wheeler. She will be working from the Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Center at Crawford Notch and can be reached at(802) 274-0298 and firstname.lastname@example.org on Saturday.
- Finally, press are warmly invited to attend the reception and slideshow from 6-9om at Flatbread in North Conway.
WHO: Climb It for theClimate is being organized by the group of students behind the "Marchto Re-energize New Hampshire," a five-day walk for real climatesolutions from August 1-5. The July 14 event is one of many summeractivities and projects leading up to the culminating march. For moreinformation about the march, visit: http://www.climatesummer.org
VISUALS: Groups of hikerson top of seven windswept summits holding banners with a clever andpowerful message; George Washington himself on his namesake peak. Atthe end of the day, photos will also be sent with an updated pressrelease to all media as well as uploaded to the Climb it for theClimate website.
WHY: Global warmingthreatens some of New Hampshire's most meaningful and importantnatural resources. The snow that covers our mountains and makes ourski industry possible. The brilliant fall colors that grace our hillsand attract thousands of tourists to our state. At the same time, wealready have the solutions we need to rise to this challenge. Withthe help of our former presidents, we can send a strong message toour country that we must solve global warming.
For more information visit:http://www.climbitfortheclimate.org