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Middlebury College’s environmental activism student group, Sunday Night Group (SNG), will host Middlebury Connects the Dots on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will be held at the Snow Bowl in Hancock, Vt. where a winter of warm temperatures and little snow hindered the ski season, affecting both the economic livelihood of the mountain and the skiers who frequent it.

Middlebury’s Connect the Dots event is designed to energize and educate both students at the college and members of the larger community in Middlebury and throughout Vermont. To achieve this goal, there will be music by Middlebury College’s Pep Band and Snake Mountain Bluegrass and speeches by Junior Abigail Borah and Former Vermont State Representative Christopher Bray. There will also be booths from organizations on campus at Middlebury College and groups promoting environmental awareness in Middlebury. Thanks to generous donations from various local businesses, there will be free food available.

We welcome families and will provide kid-friendly activities including face painting and crafts. In conjunction with Green Up Day, a statewide movement to raise littering awareness, a group will be organized to pick up trash along Route 125 on the way to the Snow Bowl. Students at Middlebury College are also organizing a bike ride from the campus to the Snow Bowl to promote alternative forms of transportation, and SNG is arranging a method of public transportation to and from the Snow Bowl to reduce the transportation carbon footprint and make the event accessible to all interested parties.

The hallmark event of the day will be a photo taken on the slopes of the Snow Bowl of all attendees gathered together holding a giant dot. The picture will be taken at 1:30 p.m. and will be added to a compilation of photos around the world. These dots will then be connected to draw attention to the fact that extreme weather events are not isolated incidents. Climate change is occurring, and we need to connect the dots.

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