10/10/10: Go To Work for the Planet

By Cheryl Mahoney

I wrote this title, and then realized there had to be a wealth of potential for Superman jokes…but I digress, before I even begin.

What I meant to reference by my title was, not editor Perry White, but rather, 350.org.  If you’re a long time reader of this blog, perhaps you remember my post about their International Day of Climate Change last October.  Well, 350.org is organizing another global event.  This time, it’s for October tenth–10/10/10–this Sunday.

350.org is all about taking action on climate change.  Their message is about bringing the CO2 in the atmosphere down to 350 parts per million–the level that many scientists believe is the maximum we can have if we want to sustain life as we know it on this planet.

This Sunday, 350.org is bringing awareness to the cause by holding a global work party.  They’ve been asking people to make plans to go to work to fight climate change–installing solar panels, replacing light bulbs with energy efficient ones, plant a tree…if it helps the planet, it qualifies!

I was trying to think what information I could share that would be most inspiring.  And then it occurred to me…Bill McKibben, who heads up 350.org, sent out a great email a few days ago sharing some exciting events people have planned.  So why reinvent the wheel, right?  Check out the events he shared, and then head over to 350.org if you’re inspired to take action.  Remember, anything that helps the planet…and if you can make being a mild-mannered reporter for a great Metropolitan newspaper into a green activity, that’ll work too.  😉

10/10/10 Event Highlights

Funniest: Sumo wrestlers cycling to practice in downtown Tokyo.

Most remote: An education center in the Namib Desert in Namibia installing six solar panels.

Smallest country taking part:
Divers on the smallest island nation of the world, Nauru (8.1 square miles) will plunge into their coral reefs for an underwater clean-up.

Most presidential: President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives is installing solar panels on his roof.

Most tipsy: Partiers in Edinburgh will be throwing a “Joycott” (a reverse boycott) at a local bar that agreed to put 20% of its extra revenues on 10/10/10 to making the bar more energy efficient. Attendees will try and drink as much as possible to raise money. Cheers!

Most poignant: In San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico, students will hand out solar-powered lights to families who are still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Alex this June, 2010.

Most cross-cultural: Over 100 cyclists from Jordan, Israel and Palestine taking part in a 3-day bicycle relay to carry water from the Yarmouk River and the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea to symbolize the need for cooperation to stop climate change and save precious water resources.

Most educational: 850 universities in China, India, and the United States are joining 10/10/10 as part of the Great Power Race campaign, a clean energy competition.

Most carbon cut: On 10/10/10 the Mayor of Mexico City will sign a commitment to reduce the city’s emissions 10% in a single year. The city government will be directly responsible for 5% of the reductions and lead a public campaign to get citizens to cut the remaining 5%.

Most futuristic: Young people in Barbados will be demonstrating the viability of fuel cell technology in a hovercraft they have built themselves.

Head to http://www.350.org/ to register an event–more than 7,000 are registered so far!!

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