Chillin' In the Heat at Colorado ECOncert
Photo by Doug Grinbergs
In conjunction with the worldwide Live Earth concerts of July 7, the Colorado Sierra Club presented its own local "Friends of Live Earth ECOncert" in Boulder. Five bands played eclectic sets ranging from bluegrass to reggae to folk to funk, providing not only their time & talent but the sound system free of charge. All spoke about the need to address global warming, and an A-list of local decision-makers was mixed into the program to speak about global warming solutions, starting off with Sierra Club President Robbie Cox. Other speakers included Colorado State Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, staff for Governor Bill Ritter, Boulder's deputy mayor, and student activists. Sierra Club Regional Rep Roger Singer acted as MC, updating the crowd about the Club's Cool Cities campaign and urging them to sign 2% Solution postcards available at Sierra Club tables. A dozen other conservation and renewable energy groups also tabled at the event and prvided additional info on energy issues. "About 500 people attended, even though the temperature hit 99 degrees," says Singer. "As the heat increased I switched from giving out free CFL light bulbs and began offering free popsicles to anyone who signed our 2% card. That cool offer created an increased wave of respondents!"