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April 17, 2007 > Earth Day celebration

Earth Day celebration

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) is hosting a 2007 Earth Day Celebration with local environmental groups including the Sierra Club, California Native Plant Society, Save The Bay and East Bay Regional Park District on Thursday, April 19th at the new Valley Business and Technology Center located on the CSU - East Bay campus, 25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, in Hayward from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The town hall will provide the community with an opportunity to hear directly from and get acquainted with local organizations and agencies that strive to improve our air, water, and land. Public transportation operator, AC Transit, will also showcase and allow tours of their Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses that emit zero emissions and can travel between 300-350 miles before tank recharging. Assemblymember Mary Hayashi will discuss legislation including the recently passed bill, AB 32, which is geared to lower green house gases that cause global warming emitted in California to 1990 levels by the year 2020.

"Californians should be proud of the steps our state is taking to reduce the green houses gases that causes global warming," said Assemblymember Hayashi. "Without taking this lead, Californians would face more significant adverse effects on our health, water resources, the ecosystem, and due to rising sea levels, the location of our homes."

Following the Assemblymember's discussion, the town hall will feature the Academy Award winning movie, "An Inconvenient Truth." This acclaimed film takes a passionate and inspirational look at former Vice President Al Gore's campaign to halt global warming. Although the film is currently released on DVD, the movie will be presented on a large flat-screen in surround sound at the brand new Valley Business and Technology Center on the CSU, East Bay campus. The screen is comparable in size to a screen at a movie theatre.

At the end of the program, a limited number of attendees will receive free tree seedlings to plant at home to help absorb CO2 gases in order to cool the earth's air temperature.

Hayashi serves the 18th Assembly District, which includes San Leandro, Hayward, Dublin, most of Castro Valley and Pleasanton, and a portion of Oakland, as well as the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland and San Lorenzo.

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