10/10/10 Global Event:
Global Work Party
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It's been a tough year: in North America, oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico; in Asia some of the highest temperatures ever recorded; in the Arctic, the fastest melting of sea ice ever seen; in Latin America, record rainfalls washing away whole mountainsides. So the nonprofit environmental organization 350.org is sponsoring a Global Work Party on October 10, 2010. The point is for everyone to do something on this day that will help deal with global warming in their community.
The nonprofit organization 350.org was founded by Bill McKibben, who wrote one of the first books on global warming for the general public, and a team of university friends. Together, they ran a campaign in 2007 called Step It Up that organized over 2,000 rallies at iconic places in all 50 of the United States. These creative actions--from skiers descending a melting glacier to divers hosting an underwater action--helped convince many political leaders, including then Senator Barack Obama, to adopt our common call to action: cutting carbon 80% by 2050.
The global day of rallies 350.org sponsored on October 24, 2009 turned out to be "the most widespread day of political action in the planet's history," according to CNN, with 5200 actions in 181 countries. But it didn't translate into political victory. The biggest polluters wouldn't go along. So we still have work to do.
The slogan of 350.org for 2010 is Get To Work. In other words: get to work to start changing our communities, and get to work to make our leaders realize that they actually need to lead. The organization sifted through thousands of emails from all over the world, and came up with an action plan for this year that they hope will break the logjam and get things moving.
The goal of the 10/10/10 event is to make the tenth day of the tenth month of the millennium's tenth year a real starting point for concrete action. In every corner of the world communities will put up solar panels, insulate homes, erect windmills, plant trees, paint bikepaths, and launch or harvest local gardens.
There are already 1077 groups in 109 countries around the world scheduled to do something great on October 10th. In Auckland, New Zealand, they're having a giant bike fix-up day, to get every bicycle in the city back on the road. In the Maldives, they're putting up solar panels on the President's office. In Kampala, Uganda, they're going to plant thousands of trees, and in Bolivia they're installing solar stoves for a massive carbon neutral picnic.
Since we've already worked hard to petition politicians to move, and they haven't moved fast enough, now it's time to show that we really do have the tools we need to get serious about the climate crisis.
Bay Area 10/10/10 Events include:
Santa Rosa's Ciclisimo Domingo (Cycling Sunday)
Community Building by Transitions West Marin
Victory Garden Challenge in Oakland
Alphabet Garden at Hayes Valley Farm in San Francisco
Green Academy Work Party in San Francisco
Work Party in Berkeley
Pot Luck Picnic in Lafayette
Climate Action Tree Planting in Santa Cruz
Planting Gardens in Concord
Bike Tune up in Davis
Heart of the Bay Work Party in Hayward
Solar Living Action Day in Hopland
Get details about these and other events at www.350.org/map
Reprinted with permission from www.350.org
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