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Climate celebration speaker and concert scheduled for Saturday

Students of the Black Hills State University student organization People for the Ethical Treatment of the Environment (P.E.T.E.) along with Hills Horizon, will host a 350 Climate Celebration Saturday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. at the bandshell in the Spearfish City Park.

The 350 Climate Celebration will begin with a speaker from Repower America, followed by a concert performance by Dylan Lewis and Friends. The march for climate awareness starts will begin in the park at 1 p.m., finishing at the base of Lookout Mountain. Interested individuals will have the opportunity to hike to the top for a group photo. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

The concern of the rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has become an international issue according to organizers of the event. In December, the world’s nations will meet in Copenhagen, Denmark to discuss a new climate treaty. Scientists have stated that 350 parts per million is the highest level of carbon dioxide our atmosphere can safely hold before serious climate changes occur. The carbon dioxide level currently sits at 390 p.p.m.

P.E.T.E and Hills Horizon have publically supported the international goal of reducing this carbon dioxide level down to 350 p.p.m. The increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have spurred over 2,000 similar rallies through the 50 states since 2007.
For more information contact Dr. Andy Johnson at Andy.Johnson@BHSU.edu or call (605) 642-6508.

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