As the threat of another flood over the past week in Cedar Rapids winds down, an organization called IOWA 350 is hosting an event this weekend in Cedar Rapids to raise awareness of climate issues.

We've seen increasing intensity of floods, droughts and heat waves in recent years and the group would like to raise further awareness of its costs to our environment through seminars and speeches.

Representatives of the local Sierra Club, Linn County Solid Waste Agency, I-RENEW, Prairiewoods, League of Women Voters, United Nations-Linn, Green Iowa AmeriCorps, Linn County Public Health, Veterans for Peace, Inter-Religious Council of Linn County, The Create Exchange, Interfaith Power & Light, Kennedy HS Electric Car, NextGen, Trees Forever, Alliant Energy and others will be at the event.

"Linn County Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice" is scheduled for Saturday, September 15 at Greene Square Park in downtown Cedar Rapids. It's being held from 10 a.m. to noon, in conjunction with hundreds of other such events nationwide.

Their aim is to educate area citizens on climate concerns prior to the upcoming midterm elections, and encourage candidates for public office to "take action to move Iowa off fossil fuels and toward a fossil free world with fair jobs and 100% renewable energy."

Call Cheryl Valenta for more information at (319) 361-2348 or visit the Iowa 350 Facebook page.