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Nowy 安iat Turns into a Lawn
September 17, 2008   
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Warsaw's Nowy 安iat Street turned into a vast lawn and visitors were able to walk barefoot across 500 square meters of lush grass Aug. 31 as the environment ministry launched a campaign that aims to make the public more aware of climate change.

The event, labeled Piknik z Klimatem (a Picnic with an Atmosphere), heralded the start of the Climate Partnership campaign, as part of which 30 conferences, exhibitions and other events will take place across Poland this year.

The lawn, reminding visitors of the fragile beauty of the natural world, was laid down between Smolna and Chmielna streets along one of Warsaw's best known arteries. Huge blocks of melting ice were placed on the grass as a symbol of global warming.


The Climate Partnership was initiated in conjunction with the Conference of the Parties (COP 14), a United Nations conference on climate change which will be held in Pozna Dec. 1-12, the first time the event takes place in Poland. COP 14 is the most important political summit on climate change. The participating countries are parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, one of the key environmental treaties to spell out the framework for international action to tackle global warming.
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