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Take it to the seats!

Inspired by Tom Friedman’s column urging final straw responses, students at Penn State seem to be the first to take it to the seats:
** PENN STATE’S ECO-ACTION REFUSES TO LEAVE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, CALLS FOR PENN STATE TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS ** From: ECO-ACTION, PENN STATE’S ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM GROUP FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 27, 2006 STATE COLLEGE – Penn State’s environmental activist group, Eco-Action, is taking its message about the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions at Penn State University to the school’s administration building on Thursday, April 27th. A sit-in will be taking place in the lobby of Old Main. The group of students (approx. 10) will remain inside Old Main until the university has agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 7% below 1990 levels. The students are supported by 4,500 students and academics who signed letters that are addressed to President Graham Spanier, asking him to commit to a greenhouse gas reduction goal of 7% below 1990 levels. This would make Penn State University a national leader in the movement to stop global warming. Over the course of the past two years since the campaign Kyoto Now! was launched, President Graham Spanier has continually refused to meet with Eco-Action to discuss why he will not commit to EcoAction’s requests. Supporters maintain that our government’s outright refusal to acknowledge the affects of global warming will not be tolerated on Penn State’s campus. In conjunction with Greenpeace, Eco-Action has held rallies and conducted other days of action to bring awareness to the campaign. The group of strong-willed students has gone to great lengths to get Penn State to set greenhouse gas reduction goals. They will not be leaving Old Main until negotiations have produced a result Eco-Action is comfortable with. This event is timely because Earth Day was recently held around the world to bring awareness to the use of alternative energy options. Local central Pennsylvania press (see: Centre Daily Times, Daily Collegian) has been covering Eco-Action’s efforts for the past two weeks, especially the rally the group held outside Old Main on Tuesday. New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman addressed the need for students to take this kind of action as recently as last Friday (April 21, 2006) in his column titled The Greenest Generation. CONTACTS: Maura Cowley 814-883-6861 Katie Stoner 814-571-2424 Genevieve Caron 717-314-3444 David Klatt 847-644-3169


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