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Friday, April 16, 2021
CONTACT: Fawn Bolak, Communications Director at [email protected]
DENVER: In an effort to vividly depict the urgency of the global climate crisis on the day of the first committee hearing of Colorado Senate Bill 21-200, legislation to implement specific and ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions while protecting communities most affected by polluters, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, will unveil a two-ton ice sculpture of Planet Earth on the West Steps of the Colorado Capitol. The sculpture was created by award-winning ice sculptor Jess Parrish of Longmont. Sens. Faith Winter (D-Westminster), Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City) and Rep. Dominique Jackson (D-Aurora) will introduce their nation-leading climate bill alongside this powerful visual.
“As global temperatures skyrocket and Colorado’s forests burn at an unprecedented rate, we’re running out of time to get serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Fawn Bolak, Communications Director of ProgressNow Colorado. “We’re proud to support Colorado lawmakers who are not just talking about the devastating effects of climate change, but are leading the charge to combat it, and doing so with environmental justice and racial equity front and center. We know the majority of Coloradans are eager to take action with the rest of the world to slash greenhouse gas emissions.”
WHO: ProgressNow Colorado, Colorado lawmakers sponsoring Senate Bill 21-200
WHAT: Two-ton outdoor ice sculpture of Planet Earth, remarks by lawmakers and climate activists
WHEN: Monday, April 19 at 1:00pm
WHERE: Colorado State Capitol, Denver (West Steps), Livestream on ProgressNow Colorado’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ProgressNowColorado
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jess Parrish (Longmont, CO) is the owner of Cool Hand Ice Carving. Parrish has been a professional sculptor for 12 years, mostly using ice and snow but also sculpting wood, clay, straw, sand, fruit and vegetables. He competes each year in worldwide ice and sand sculpting competitions, where he has won numerous awards. He was a competitor on Food Network’s “Cake Wars: Christmas Challenge” in 2016. His team won first place on the program “Best in Ice,” which aired on the Travel Channel in 2018. Lead Artist for Glow at the Gardens.