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Date:11/2/2011

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Free parking. Free entrance. Free food. And unlimited access to numerous fun-filled games and activities for children and their parents. These are not the only good reasons to come to the University of California, Riverside on Saturday, Nov. 12. There's this, too: A unique opportunity to learn from experts everything you wanted to know about the science of climate change but were not sure whom to ask.

The "Refresh Riverside! A Community Climate Fair" will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Pierce Hall Lawn, near the Bell Tower on campus. The fair will feature games, booths and activities such as Sea Level Limbo in which participants get a hands-on experience for sea level change, Tornado Twister and Climate Change Jeopardy. Visitors also will get to calculate their carbon footprints at the Carbon Dioxide booth and learn, in a nearby booth, why corals get bleached under stress.

In the "Watts Up!" booth, experts will show wattage used by different types of light bulbs so that consumers are fully informed of their options. In the "Plant a Seed" booth, children will have the opportunity to understand sustainable gardening by planting seed in cups for transferring later into their own gardens.

"Visitors to the fair are in store for lots of fun," said Mary Droser, a professor of in the Department of Earth Sciences, who is leading the effort to organize the first community climate fair on campus. "They will appreciate that the science of climate change is accessible. Every visitor will have ample time to engage with climate change experts, and leave with abundant useful information."

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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
Source:Eurekalert

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