Free Ice Cream Monday and Tuesday

Photo by PoPville flickr user gerdaindc

From an email:

“Climate change means out summers are getting too hot. So let’s cool off. Next week, The Climate Reality Project is giving away free Ben & Jerry’s in DC (and in three other cities) to raise awareness for climate action.

From July 29-31, the EPA will hear from the public on the proposed Clean Power Plan – a rule that attempts to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. One of the hearings will be here in DC.

These ice cream trucks will not only be handing out free scoops, but also serve as climate action centers that will raise awareness and gather support for climate action and the proposed EPA rule.

You can find the trucks on:

Monday, July 28 from 11am-4pm at the Capital South Station
Monday, July 28 from 4-8pm at Union Station
Tuesday, July 29 from 8:30am-1pm at the EPA Headquarters (William Jefferson Clinton East Building, 1201 Constitution Ave, NW)
Tuesday, July 29 from 1-6pm at the Freedom Plaza.”

Full press release after the jump.

“Nothing says summer heat like a melting ice cream cone. That’s why The Climate Reality Project is teaming up with Ben & Jerry’s to turn one of the celebrated symbols of the season into a rallying point for action in the face of rising temperatures driven by climate disruption.

As part of the I’m Too Hot campaign, Climate Reality will bring Ben & Jerry’s ice cream trucks to the four U.S. cities hosting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearings on the newly-proposed Clean Power Plan – Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. – from July 29 to August 1. The plan offers an historic opportunity to cut carbon pollution from power plants that is accelerating climate change. The highly visual I’m Too Hot trucks will help raise public awareness of this opportunity in a fun-filled way, enable locals to speak up in support of the plan, and offer supporters an icy treat for their efforts, courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s.

“We are excited to partner with Ben & Jerry’s to bring both ice cream and information about the EPA’s proposed rule to the people of Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington D.C.,” said Climate Reality Project President and CEO Ken Berlin. “This past May was the hottest in recorded history, and was an example of the kinds of records that will keep being broken as our summers get hotter from climate change driven by carbon pollution. These EPA hearings are a crucial opportunity for people to let the EPA know they support the agency’s efforts to reduce harmful carbon pollution, and we’ll be there to make sure our supporters don’t get too hot.”

If approved, the EPA’s Clean Power Plan would provide the first-ever national standards to limit the amount of carbon pollution existing power plants can produce – aiming to cut emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The EPA estimates that the rule would provide significant economic and health benefits, including the prevention of 150,000 asthma attacks and 6,600 premature deaths annually by 2030 as well as the creation of 76,000 to 112,000 new jobs in 2025 by expanding the energy efficiency sector alone.

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan is open for public comment until October 16, 2014.

“The rule would be a critical step towards holding polluters accountable for the carbon pollution they dump into the atmosphere – but first, it’s up to us – the people – to make sure we support the EPA’s efforts and the rule becomes law,” said Berlin.

People visiting the trucks will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed EPA rule and tweet at the EPA (@EPA) and their elected officials about their support for the rule, using the hashtags #ImTooHot and #ActOnClimate.”

11 Comment

  • Wow, this is amazing. An environmental group is partnering with a purveyor of dairy ice cream to help “rising temperatures driven by climate disruption.”??WTF??? Any climate change organization or “environmentalist” who has dug only skin deep knows that the number one contributor to rising temperatures on this planet is animal agriculture. I mean there are TONS of studies showing (from reputable mainstream organizations) the devastating effect of animal agriculture on our environment (read diary….and that includes ICE CREAM) is way over 2 or 3 times that of all transportation (cars, trains, buses, planes, etc.) combined. Methane, not CO2, is the most harmful to the atmosphere by many fold. Nobody wants to touch the animal agriculture issue…they all get funding from animal agriculture lobbying groups or risk losing their funding from others who are involved somehow in the industry.

    • Veganism is an… “interesting” life choice. But it is simply not going to sustain a global population of 7+ billion.

      Also “interesting”, is your comparison of methane to CO2 production limited to transportation. You are not including all other forms (Industrial, home power, etc).

      • I’m actually not a vegan or a vegetarian. Just informed about the facts. In fact, a plant-based diet is the only one that is sustainable. The water footprint of one hamburger is something outrageous like 600 gallons. So take a shorter shower to save water, but I mean all you need to do is cut out a hamburger and save a bunch more. Half of all the US crops are for animal feed. The population is growing in the world. There is no way we can sustain that. Plus the demand for meat is growing in many countries like China, as they become wealthier. By comparison, we can feed a person a healthy plant-based diet on much less acreage and a MUCH lower water footprint. I didn’t compare methane to CO2 as it relates to transportation (or didn’t mean to). The point I was trying to make is that methane is way more destructive than CO2 to the environment, but the efforts of most environmental groups stick with CO2. I’m really not making this stuff up.

        • OK, so let’s not host climate change information on the Internet to educate the public. The carbon footprint of manufacturing, delivering, and installing the servers is too steep.

          Don’t get me started on power and cooling requirements!!!

        • Ah, so let’s poke fun at the climate change scientists who gather to present and share their findings at conferences.

          They’re *DRIVING IN CARS* to airports, then *FLYING ON AIRPLANES*, which puts MASSIVE CO2 in to the atmosphere.

          We’d certainly be better off if everyone just stayed home.

    • It’s free ice cream, don’t be a party pooper.

  • Ironically, we will be experiencing cooler-than-normal temperatures this week.

    • How is that ironic? Weather does not equal climate.

      • First sentence albeit misspelled in original post:

        “Climate change means out summers are getting too hot. So let’s cool off.”

        Won’t need to cool off as much.

        • climate change means on average, the Earth’s summers (and winters, too) will be getting warmer, though regional effects may vary.

  • Okay, that picture is ADORABLE.

Comments are closed.