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West Chester "Climate Work Party" joins thousands of events across the planet

WEST CHESTER, PA - On October 10, people across the planet will pick up hammers, shovels, and caulking-guns and join the 10/10/10 Global Work Party, the world's largest day of practical action to fight the climate crisis.

The 10/10/10 Global Work Party is being coordinated by the international climate campaign and 10:10 Global. Photos and video from this local event, along with thousands of simultaneous events across the planet will be available for the media at

Chester County Citizens for Climate Protection (4CP), Borough Leaders United for Emissions Reduction (BLUER), and West Chester University (WCU) are taking part in a local 10/10/10 Day of Action event with an electric bike ride and planting of trees native to PA that will take place in the Gordon Natural Area of West Chester University on Sunday, October 10 at 2:00 PM.

Over 25 volunteers are expected to join for a planting of trees native to PA in one of the largest remaining publicly owned native deciduous forested areas in the West Chester area. The public is invited to attend the event and join in the local 10/10/10 activity, a day in which almost 6,000 similar events will be taking place worldwide.  

The event is dedicated to raising awareness for the number "350" parts per million (ppm) which is the safe upper limit of concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today is 390 ppm.  Forested lands are important in the fight against climate change because as each tree grows, it absorbs carbon from the atmosphere.

Those interested in joining in the event can meet at University "R-Lot" located off Stadium Road at the entrance to the GNA.  After parking, they should walk up the road about ½ mile to the tree planting site.  All the tree planting supplies will be available at the site, so volunteers need only bring sturdy boots and gloves. Contact Bruce Arnold at to RSVP.

Participants are also encouraged to bike to the event, and as part of the 10/10/10 day of local action, a group of 10 volunteers will bike-pool from the University down to the GNA.  A "pedal-assist" electric powered bicycle, on loan from Hybrid Cycles on Gay Street, will be on hand for test riding.  

Interested bikers should meet at the Sharpless Parking Garage, located at the corner of Sharpless Street and South Church Street, at 1:30pm. Contact Courtney Finneran at for more information or to RSVP for the bike portion of the event.

For more information on the 10/10/10 Global Work Party, please visit the media room:

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About Chester County Citizens for Climate Protection (4CP)
The Chester County Citizens for Climate Protection is a grass roots organization dedicated to educating the community on the severity and serious consequences of climate change. In addition, the organization will promote actions designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to improve our quality of life.

About the Gordon Natural Area at West Chester University
The mission of the Gordon Natural Area is to

1) preserve a natural area and

2) to serve as a natural laboratory for environmental studies.

About Borough Leaders United for Emissions Reduction (BLUER)
BLUER is an all-volunteer committee formed by West Chester Borough Council in 2006. BLUER's mission is to help local governments, businesses, non-profits and residents reduce greenhouse gas pollution. Its specific goal is to reduce emissions by 10% by the year 2015. This will help reverse the trend of rising greenhouse emissions and put West Chester on track towards a more sustainable economic and environmental future.

About and 10/10/10
Founded by American environmentalist Bill McKibben, is an international campaign that works to build a global climate movement. On October 24, 2009 they organized what CNN called the "most widespread day of political action in the planet's history."


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