Sierra Club Launches ‘#ReadyFor100 National Tour’

9 U.S. cities to produce aerial art events featuring thousands of people in a giant ‘human sun’ formation to support 100% clean energy

Aspen, CO —(ENEWSPF)–June 24, 2016.   The Sierra Club kicked off a nine-city “aerial art” national tour today as thousands of people gathered at the AREDAY Summit and hundreds formed a huge “human sun,” spelling out a bold message with their bodies to show support for 100% clean energy.

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Aspen is one of the first cities in the nation to be powered entirely by clean sources, and 15 other cities have followed suit with commitments to get to 100% clean energy — ranging from major urban areas like San Diego to smaller cities like Grand Rapids, Michigan. A rapidly-growing movement is now calling on mayors to step up and take action for clean energy, and the #ReadyFor100 National Tour will showcase communities around the country that are calling for change.
“We’re using a bold message to showcase a bold opportunity,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. “Clean energy has huge potential to boost our economies, create jobs, and improve our health — and by spelling out the message with our bodies we show how many people’s lives can be directly improved by 100% clean energy.”
The #ReadyFor100 National Tour will feature renewable energy supporters joining hands in the shape of an original art logo designed by internationally renowned aerial artist John Quigley. With overhead photography to capture the image, hundreds of people will pose with their bodies to create the image of a huge sun encircling “100%” to symbolize the demand for powering our cities with entirely clean energy.
Today’s launch in Colorado featured the ‘human sun’ on the iconic ski slopes of Snowmass Village.
“The city set a goal to reach 100% renewable by 2015,” said Steve Skadron, the mayor of Aspen. “It’s through a lot of hard work, strong leadership, a commitment to a long term goal, and having a vision that allowed us to get here.”
Tour dates and cities for the tour this summer/fall include:
Aspen, CO — June 23
Denver, CO — July 14
Pueblo, CO — TBD
Rochester, MN — TBD
San Francisco Bay Area, CA — TBD
Hanover, NH — July 29
Boise, ID — October 1
Cleveland, OH — TBD
Arlington, VA — TBD
ABOUT READY FOR 100: Ready For 100 is challenging 100 cities in the U.S.  to step up and commit to 100% Clean Energy. Sixteen cities, including major cities like San Diego, have already made such commitments. www.readyfor100.org
ABOUT JOHN QUIGLEY: John Quigley is an internationally known artist, producer, and activist. As founder of Spectral Q his unique mix of human installation and aerial photography brings together communities to create large-scale messages for the common good. In December 2015, he created the 100% Renewable Eiffel Tower Peace Symbol image in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks. The resulting images and video went viral on social media and landed on front pages around the world. John has recently partnered with the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Campaign to create visual art symbolizing the desire and need for a transition to 100% clean energy. May 21 will be the first aerial art project as part of the Ready for 100 campaign. www.spectralq.com