Popsicles used to spark interest in global warming petition

     Pictured: Isabella Levy, intern for PennEnvironment. The group used a timely tactic - popsicles - to get people's attention about global warming. (Meg Frankowski/for NewsWorks)

    Pictured: Isabella Levy, intern for PennEnvironment. The group used a timely tactic - popsicles - to get people's attention about global warming. (Meg Frankowski/for NewsWorks)

    In the wake of record-breaking heat waves and extreme weather, PennEnvironment is using a timely tactic to rally support for cutting global warming – popsicles.

    Adam Garber, field director for PennEnvironment, a statewide environmental advocacy group, says he wants people to know that our weather is drastically changing.

    “At the end of a record breaking month of heat, with extreme heat days, that have even saw deaths in the Philadelphia area and some of the longest streak of hot days in a long time – we’re hitting the streets to remind people that we need to beat the heat by tackling global warming,” said Garber.

    As he handed out icy treats, Garber asked people to sign a petition asking President Obama to move forward on his climate change action plan.

    Center City resident Arden Cass was one of the people who signed. She says she sees the effects of global warming in every day life.

    “I’m getting really freaked out about the weather patterns,” said Cass. “They’re nothing like what I grew up with and they’re nothing like what I’ve ever lived with in this area, and it’s effecting our daily life.”

    Some people were more interested in the popsicles than the petition. Those who signed were asked to write a message about the impact of global warming on the popsicle sticks. PennEnvironment says they’ll present the sticks to the President, asking him to move foward in tackling climate change.

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