Citizens Gather to Effect Climate Change, With Video

Moving Planet Day was observed Sept. 24 around the globe to encourage people to reduce their carbon footprint. Middletown's observance was a lively one.

The front lawn of Holy Trinity Church on Main Street was a sea of blue on green Saturday as advocates of green living donned shirts, sweats and tees to symbolize the Earth's precious waters for Moving Planet Day.

Moving Planet is a global day of action to move beyond fossil fuels, sponsored by the Sierra Club with 350.org and others on Sept. 24. 350.org is an international campaign dedicated to the climate solutions that science and justice demand.

The people of Middletown were challenged to leave their cars at home and walk, bike, board or take public transportation with millions around the world to be part of the voice responding to climate change.

Not a gasoline-fueled transport was in sight at Holy Trinity — kids rode their skateboards, families trekked from home by bike and others walked.

350.org is named after the goal of reducing the concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere from its current level of 390 parts per million to below 350 parts per million, the safe upper limit according to leading scientists.

City Councilman Bob Santagelo read Mayor Sebastian N. Giuliano's proclamation and a talk about climate change by Professor of Physics Brian Stewart of Wesleyan University was ably delivered by his son Graham, a senior at Middletown High School.

A preview of the Artfarm’s Circus for a Fragile Planet Submerged was a highlight with unicycling, juggling and feats of balance.

Booths hosted by Middlesex Community College and Wesleyan University encouraged participants to reduce their fossil fuel use.

Also present was the traveling One World House, an exhibit of a full-size, 8-foot-square wood and sheet metal model of a house typical in many rural communities in underdeveloped countries. Visitors read about the problems these countries are already experiencing because of climate change.

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