Monthly Archives: October 2007

Step it Up

Saturday, Nov. 3 is the national Step It Up Day. Event organizers will ask Congress to Step Up their commitment to reduce global warming pollution. To celebrate this day, Ryan Patterson of Greenpeace has reserved Johnson Square from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Businesses or organization wishing to set up tables at Step It Up, please RSVP, should contact Patterson at georgiahotseat@wdc.greenpeace.org.

Climate change event scheduled for Nov. 3 in Johnson Square

siu_logo_large-3.jpgFrom Ryan Patterson at Greenpeace comes word of an event planned for this Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Johnson Square from Step it Up is part of a nationwide Day of Action on Global Warming. Greenpeace, along with Green Lifespace and SCAD’s Project Green will urge leaders to “Step it Up” on climate solutions. According to Patterson:

“On Nov. 3, Americans will demand real leadership on global warming. From coast to coast, people will rally in our communities and invite our politicians to join us.

Two speakers at noon will call on our leaders to step it up and support solutions to global warming. One speaker will call on Rep. Barrow to be a leader, because he has refused to vote for global warming solutions in Congress.

The second ‘Step it Up’ is an occasion to see who has a real plan to tackle the defining challenge of our time. One year before the election, we have to make sure the world witnesses our national call to action: ‘Step it up!’ It’s time for climate leaders!”

For more information, e-mail georgiahotseat@wdc.greenpeace.org.

Coastal Georgia Greenway: Watch the video, then catch the meeting on Oct. 23

“Imagine traveling on foot, bicycle or horseback through coastal Georgia, winding through arches of live oak trees on your way to tour one of many historical or recreational sites.”

It does take a little imagination to wrap one’s head around the concept of the Coastal Georgia Greenway, an alternative transportation network that aims to connect South Carolina and Florida through coastal Georgia to promote development of biking, hiking, equestrian and water trails. A promotional video, now available on the Coastal Georgia Greenway Web site, makes the greenway concept a little easier to grasp.

Chatham County residents, who are inspired by the video, have a great chance to get involved tomorrow. A Coastal Georgia Greenway meeting will be held from 10 a.m. until noon at the Senior Center, 3025 Bull St., in Savannah.

While the greenway can certainly be described as a recreational amenity, it furthers a number of sustainability goals. First, it makes Coastal Georgia more attractive to the kind of tourists who will roll into Savannah aboard Treks and Cannondales instead of Hummers and Suburbans. And while its primary purpose is recreational, the greenway holds great potential for bicycle commuters and other transportational cyclists. Finally, the greenway’s emphasis on providing acceess to natural resources is compatible with conservation efforts.

The agenda for the Oct. 23 meeting includes discussion of the S & O Canal Corridor, Back River Bridge, and Coastal Heritage Society Trail.

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