A small group of protesters gathered at the Valmont power plant east of Boulder on Tuesday to protest the burning of coal for electricity.
The group was surprised when eco-hero Bill McKibben (founder of 350.org and an award-winning environmental journalist) dropped by. Later the police dropped by, too, which shouldn’t have come as a suprise.
In all, five people were arrested for second-degree trespassing. Those were the folks who actually climbed over Xcel’s fence (it’s rimmed with barbed wire) and unfurled a banner on the side of a coal pile that was waiting to be incenerated. The sign read “Renewables Now” and was accompanied by a pair of fake wind turbines.
Xcel didn’t find this all that amusing. In fact, spokesman Mark Stutz called the move stupid. Read more about the protest and watch a video at DailyCamera.com.
Hey! It’s a guest post from Mandy King of the Boulder Book Store!
Happy Earth Day, Boulder! If you’re a booklover like me, you tend to associate every holiday and major event with books. With that in mind, here are my top picks for books to celebrate Earth Day.
1. Eaarth by Bill McKibben. No, that’s not a typo. The two A’s in the title of McKibben’s latest manifesto refer to his belief that our planet is changing beyond recognition. Twenty years ago, McKibben was one of the first people to talk about global warming. Raise your hand (umm…or comment below) if you read his game-changing book, The End of Nature. I think we can all agree that we’ve done damage—in some cases, irreparable—to our planet and Eaarth provides a meaningful discussion about how we can turn to our communities to survive. Intrigued? Bill’s going to be speaking at First United Methodist Church this coming Tuesday. Read more
People all over the world are getting worked up about the number 350.
Here’s the deal: Scientists are say that atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions must stay below 350 ppm. Or we’re screwed. Now, carbon dioxide concentratoins are around 390. So, climate activists are saying, something’s gotta change.
This weekend, people in Boulder will join communities around the world by rallying around a number: 350.
There are more than 4,000 events planned for Saturday across 170 countries — including 300 events in China, 500-plus in Central and South America, and 1,500 across the United States — to call attention to the number, which stands for a concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide in parts per million.
Many scientists believe that the carbon dioxide concentration must stay below 350 ppm in order to keep the most traumatic consequences of global warming at bay. The carbon dioxide concentration hasn’t been that low since the late 1980s. Today, it’s at 387 ppm. Read more