On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Oak Park and River Forest High School Environmental Club joined with other environmental groups in Oak Park and River Forest to rally in support of climate legislation on the international day of climate action. This rally was part of an international series of events started by 350.org. The Web site derived its name from the scientifically recognized goal that 350 parts per million is the safe limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

We marched from the high school mall to the parking lot of Fifth Third Bank, where Sen. Don Harmon and Oak Park Village President David Pope spoke, and the environmental club gave a presentation. We marched for not only the goal of 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but in support of a fair and binding international treaty to come out of the Copenhagen United Nations meeting to replace the Kyoto Protocol next month.

We want to thank everyone who helped made the rally a success. Rick from Shirtworks made the awesome 350 shirts to publicize the rally. Karen Rozmus and K.C. Poulos from the Village of Oak Park helped us with organizing, outreach and planning. Jerry Delaney, Amie Casson and Mary Howorth from the Democratic Party of Oak Park helped recruit Sen. Harmon as a speaker, and helped with any last minute questions we had. Maria Onesto-Moran from Green Home Experts was so supportive of all our goals. Jim Dickert, Doug Burke and Brian Lavaque were instrumental in helping get the 350 event off the ground, and they were so supportive of us.

We wish to convey our sincerest gratitude to everyone who helped with the 350 event, and to everyone who came on Oct. 24. Thank you!

Ellen Lipo
Oak Park

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