What can you do to address climate change?

Sunday, July 8, 2007 | 2:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:14 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008
Jill Hartleip helps her daughter, Regina Hartleip-Pinto, 6, pick some worms for her newly created “worm farm,” made from a two-liter soda bottle filled with wet, shredded newspaper; dirt; sand; some “worm food” or “veggie matter”; and earthworms.

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That’s what many Columbia residents, as well as people around the world, asked themselves Saturday. The Columbia Climate Change Coalition held a local version of the global Live Earth series, a 24-hour concert raising awareness for the climate change issue. The event, held at Peace Park, had live streaming video of concerts from around the world, as well as performances by local musicians. Between performances, local speakers highlighted major areas of environmental concern, such as alternative energy.

Q: What can people in Columbia do to combat climate change?

“Listen to the children. I can’t not recycle because I have a 9-year-old who’s always watching. It’s her world.”

— Deb Campbell

Q: What can people in Columbia do to combat climate change?

“Don’t drive a block; that’s something I see a lot. We’ve been in the habit of not changing things.”

— Ben Rogers

Q: What are you doing in your everyday life to help the environment?

“We don’t lead a suburban lifestyle that requires us to drive.”

— David Van Sickle

Q: What are you doing in your everyday life to help the environment?

“I ride my bike everywhere. I drive my dad nuts by making him turn off the lights all the time.”

-Noah Myers

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