We are asking Iowans to “Remember Hurricane Sandy” during the week of October 22 (the first anniversary of the formation of Hurricane Sandy) to October 29 (the first anniversary of its landfall in New Jersey and New York City).
Hurricane Sandy was a transforming moment in American history, when Americans saw an unprecedented late October storm bring record storm surges through downtown New York City, New Jersey, and much of the East Coast. It killed 117 Americans, ruined thousands of homes and businesses, destroyed public infrastructure, and cost our country more than $70 billion, or more than $200 per American. It showed us what is at stake with an issue like climate change.
During this week, we will remember the victims of climate disasters, help survivors, and unite for climate action to prevent future disasters.
Here are the events planned so far:
> University of Iowa Residence Hall, Tuesday, October 22 (not open to the public)
> University of Dubuque, Wednesday, October 23, 12:30 p.m. - Public lecture at 105 Goldthorp Science Building
> Green Dubuque, Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 p.m. - Commemoration at Moracco Supper Club, 1413 Rockdale Road, in Dubuque
> Green Building Supply, 118 W. Burlington, Fairfield, Thursday, October 24, 5:45 p.m. - Potluck dinner and presentation
> Maharishi University, Thursday, October 24, 7:45 p.m. - Public lecture in Dalby Hall
> Des Moines, Friday, October 25, 5:30 p.m. - Ceremony at Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 815 High Street, downtown Des Moines, followed by a reception.
> Cedar Rapids, Monday, October 28, 8:00 p.m. - Public lecture at Kesler Auditorium at Coe College
>Centennial Park, Davenport, Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 p.m. - Ceremony at the Gazebo in Centennial Park at the end of Marquette Street along the Mississippi River.
> Cedar Rapids, Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 p.m. - Ceremony at the replica of the Statue of Liberty, First Avenue Bridge over the Cedar River, in downtown Cedar Rapids.
Check back for additional details. If you know of additional events, or would like to organize an additional event for this commemoration of the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, please send an email to Rob Hogg with your plans or to ask for ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t let this anniversary pass without remembering the victims, helping the survivors, and uniting for future action. This is too important for our country, our economy, and our future.
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