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Climate Crossroads film series begins Wednesday

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High Country Conservation Center

FRISCO ” The Climate Crossroads Series begins this week with the first in a two-month film and discussion series that focuses on climate change action. “Kilowatt Ours” starts the series on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Frisco Recreation Building at 110 Third Ave.

“Kilowatt Ours,” a 30-minute film, takes viewers on a journey from the coal mines of West Virginia to the solar panel fields of Florida as it explores America’s energy picture and creative solutions for the future.

After the film, speakers Eric Westerhoff of Innovative Energy in Breckenridge will talk about tax credits and solar installation options while Mike Lakritz, a Summit County resident, will relate his experience installing a solar system on his home here in the High Country.

The film series is hosted by a group of local nonprofit organizations calling themselves the Cool Winter Coalition and is meant to takes viewers from theory to action as they attempt to provide solutions for climate change mitigation.

“We wanted to give people background and information, but also inspire them to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said High Country Conservation Center director Carly Wier.

The Cool Winter Coalition includes the High Country Conservation Center, the Blue River Group of the Sierra Club, the Keystone Science School and the Blue River Watershed Group.

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Each film pairs a discussion that focuses on solutions, both big and small, that individuals, businesses and governments can take to help reduce their “carbon footprint,” a term used to describe the greenhouse gas emissions associated with our actions.

All of the films in the Climate Crossroads Series are free. Future films and topics will touch on transportation, food, the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement and wildlife.

The Cool Winter Coalition has a goal of getting all four towns and the county to sign on the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement while inspiring individual action to help curb greenhouse emissions.

“Climate change, or whatever you want to call it, is such a big issue that it requires change on many levels,” Wier said. “We all have to take action to make a difference.”

Contact the High Country Conservation Center at (970) 668-5703 for more information.

– What: 30-minute film exploring America’s energy picture and solutions for the future, and discussion. Part of the Climate Crossroads Series put on by the Cool Winter Coalition group.

– When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

– Where: Frisco Recreation Building at 110 Third Ave.

– More information: Contact the High Country Conservation Center at (970) 668-5703.

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