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Birmingham-Southern to host state-wide 350 Climate Rally and green fair
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Birmingham-Southern College's enAct (Students Engaged Actively in Environmental Issues) will partner with C.A.S.E. (the Coalition of Alabama Students for the Environment) to host a state-wide 350 Climate Rally at the college on Oct. 24. The rally, scheduled to take place on the BSC academic quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is part of an international event organized by 350.org. Similar events will take place across the U.S. and in more than 200 countries.
Planned activities for the event at BSC will include an iconic group photo of participants at 11:30 a.m. to be taken from atop a campus roof and displayed globally at the 350.org Web site. Other activities include a screening of an educational documentary by Oxfam America on climate change as a global issue, a green fair with exhibits, and food. Special guests include Dr. Cameron Vowell who is a chemist and noted environmentalist in Alabama, and Dr. Joyce Lanning who is the organizer of Climate Project and affiliated with the Interfaith Environmental Initiative of Alabama.
The BSC enAct is led by junior Ben Tracy who is president of the organization. Tracy is an urban environmental studies major from Atlanta, Ga. He is enrolled in the Harrison Honors Program at the college.
According to its Web site, 350.org was founded by U.S. author Bill McKibben, who wrote one of the first books on global warming for the general public, and a team of university friends. Together, they ran a campaign in 2007 called Step It Up that organized more than 2,000 rallies at iconic places in all 50 states. These actions helped convince many political leaders, including then Sen. Barack Obama, to adopt a common call to action: cutting carbon 80 percent by 2050.
Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 100 countries, Oxfam seeks to save lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice.