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Oct. 19, 2009

Bike ride to raise awareness on climate change Oct. 24

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) at the University of Iowa has organized a 3.5-mile bike ride through downtown Iowa City on Saturday, Oct. 24 as part of an international campaign to raise awareness on climate change issues.

The event is one of 2,000 events worldwide for, an international organization dedicated to the creation of a global climate treaty at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit in December that lowers carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere below 350 parts per million. That's the number leading scientists have affirmed is the safe upper limit to prevent runaway climate change.

The UI bike ride is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on the UI Pentacrest, Iowa Avenue at Clinton Street. At the end of the ride, around 3:30 p.m., participants will be asked to help form "350" for a symbolic photograph on the west side of the Pentacrest. Non-bike riders are encouraged to show up for the group photo.

ESW has organized the event with the support of Eco-Iowa City, the UI Office of Sustainability, Iowa Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Iowa Renewable Energy Association, Johnson County Public Health Department, and the UI International Programs Environmental Committee.

Other events related to the day include a screening of "The Age of Stupid," sponsored by ECO Iowa City and the Environmental Film Festival at 4:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Iowa Public Library.

Physicians for Social Responsibility is sponsoring an essay contest for junior high and senior high school students, with three $50 prizes awarded for each group. Essays will be judged by UI students on the theme of "Understanding 350 and Global Food Production" for junior high students and "A Youth Perspective on 350" for high school students.

Entries are due Oct. 24, and essays should be dropped off at the Iowa City Public Library's Youth Section or with Andrea Niehaus at the United Nations Association office, 20 East Market St., Room 200, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Alisa Meggitt will take entries also at North Central Junior High. For more information, contact John Rachow at

For more information, see or contact Jonathon Durst at Bike ride participants can either RSVP in advance or show up the day of the event. There is no cost to participate.

SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jonathon Durst, ESW,, George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,