9/19/10, Newark Community Day, dateline 6:00 p.m.
We found our designated location, which was under a tree. Good for shade, but unsuitable for our banner, "Climate Common Sense". We traded spots with someone in the sun - he called the trade a "no-brainer". When four people arrived, we deciphered the design of our contraption that holds the banner without making holes in the ground (prohibited).
We started giving handouts to passersby while erecting three easels. Two held last year's posters and the third held a combination of 8 1/2 X11" information sources for use when discussing climate information in detail. For example, one showed a bar graph of the greenhouse effect of CO2 at different CO2 levels. The effect is very large for the first very small amount of CO2, and very small at concentrations in the present range.
Seven members (Bill Day, Fred DeVries, John Greer, Greg Inskip, Bill Morris, Don Taber, and Jerry Towe) participated, and there were generally at least four at the table. Our main activity was handing out an excellent 8 1/2 X5 1/2" flyer, designed by our Secretary, John Greer. These were gone by the middle of the afternoon. We made 300, but should have made 400. We then handed out a 6-page 8 1/2X11" paper Bill Morris had used in conjunction with talks on global warming. When folded, passersby took them as willingly as the smaller flyers. We hope most looked at both later and learned something about climate change.
There were a few who made comments, about equally divided between agreement and disagreement. Maybe a dozen stopped for longer discussions. Two were memorable. One was a young Political Science instructor who was personally insulted by our presence - by our expressing such an outrageous view. He is a classic "true believer". The other was a mathematics professor, easily recognizable by his scruffy beard. He thought we should be concerned by a risk of making the Earth like Venus, which has a CO2 atmosphere and is extremely hot.
There was a Sierra Club table down the line, operated by one woman. She expressed concern about the rate of increase of temperature. Two or three passersby who disagreed with us expressed the same concern. This may be a current "party line", and we may choose to address it.
In general, we need to persist in our educational efforts until both federal and state government leaders “get the message.”