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The Sierra Club and Partner Groups Kick Off “Colorado Flood Recovery Weekend”

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Local Residents Band Together In Wake of Flood Devastation to Lend a Hand in Cleanup Efforts
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Bryce Carter, (703) 434-9852 or bryce.carter@sierraclub.org
Nicolette Toussaint, (970) 963-3674 or thymetoblossom@gmail.com


Boulder, Colorado -- Dozens of families and community members from across Northern Colorado joined volunteer flood recovery efforts during the first day of a two-day cleanup effort being coordinated by a large coalition of community groups and agencies. The coalition, led by the Sierra Club and numerous environmental allies, are in supporting partnership with the cities of Boulder and Longmont, Boulder Flood Relief, Mudslingers, Habitat for Humanity, Samaritan’s Purse, and Rocky Mountain Christian Church to assist cleaning up houses, yards, and greenways throughout the region.

Photos of volunteer cleanups can be found at http://bit.ly/COFloodCleanup

Colorado Flood Recovery Weekend is set to continue tomorrow, Sunday October 6. A full list of ongoing events can be found here: http://sc.org/corecovery. The Volunteer Weekend will conclude with a “Celebrating Community Resilience” volunteer appreciation event beginning at 5:00 p.m.:

Celebrating Community Resilience: A gathering to celebrate hard-working volunteers helping with cleanup efforts throughout the region with music, food, and speakers discussing the importance for taking action to help our neighbors and nationally supporting the new EPA carbon standards to fight climate disruption.

TIME: Starts at 5:00 p.m and ends at 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: E-Town located at 1535 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302 [Map]  

“Once we saw how hard-hit our communities are, we knew we wanted to help in any way we could,” said Bryce Carter, an organizer with the Sierra Club. “We all needed to act quickly so we pulled together a dozen and a half groups within a week’s time with six different volunteer opportunities from Boulder, Longmont, and Greeley.”

Colorado has seen unprecedented flooding in the last couple of weeks, displacing thousands of people, damaging over 20,000 homes, and bringing the tragic the loss of life. The Colorado Front Range has felt the impacts of climate disruption from devastating drought, fires, and now flooding raising serious alarms about the ever-increasing impacts climate change disruption is having on cities across the nation.

Jeff Dillon, the City of Boulder Parks and Planning Superintendent, has been working feverishly with his staff to create opportunities for hundreds of volunteers while coordinating supplies and equipment for when they arrive. “The city has been so moved by all of the volunteers coming out to help with cleaning up from this natural disaster,” Dillon said. “We are so grateful and appreciative of all of the volunteers who are signing up and coming out working so hard for these places that we all love so we can get them open again.”

“My mom lives in Longmont and I was scared watching the flood waters rise. I’m not going to be glued to the news waiting for the phone to ring for help” said Carbondale resident Nicolette Toussaint. “I’m staying active through Boulder Flood Relief - the same people who helped to coordinate Occupy Sandy relief efforts and were able to tie together the connections between flooding and climate disruption.”

“Climate change is the most important issue facing all of us and the communities in the Front Range are early victims of it” continued Toussaint.  

“Climate disruption is here, and its impacts in just the last few years are costing our state many billions of dollars” said Carter. “At times of crisis like this we will always come together and clean up and rebuild each others’ lives, working to make our communities more resilient as these events become more likely to occur. But we also need to be proactive and address the main driver that’s behind climate disruption -- carbon pollution.”

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced their new source pollution standards for carbon pollution, and are hosting a listening session on their carbon standards on October 30th in Denver. Carbon pollution is the main contributor to climate disruption and is linked to life-threatening air pollution like the smog that triggers asthma attacks, making it a serious hazard to Americans’ health and future. However, there are still no national limits on the amount of carbon being spewed into the air by the nation’s largest sources of carbon pollution, dirty coal-fired power plants.  


Partner organizations include the City of Boulder, City of Longmont, Boulder Flood Relief, Mudslingers, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, Rock the Earth, eTown, Conservation Colorado, Environment Colorado, Greenpeace, WildEarth Guardians, Alliance for Climate Education, Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley, Flatirons Habitat for Humanity, Samaritan's Purse, and Rocky Mountain Christian Church.

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