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10/10/10 Global Work Party: What Are You Doing?

Today is the Global work party, in 188 countries world over people are getting together to make  a difference, responding to Bill Mackibben’s call “Circle 10/10/10 on your calendar,” reads the invitation. “That’s the date.The place is wherever you live. And the point is to do something that will help deal with global warming in your city or community.” We did do an earlier post on the Global Work Party, you can read it here

The Science of 350

What does a day mean in making a difference?, well it is a beginning and grass root movements are where major changes can start flourishing. So what are you doing today? In my case I have not decided what I will do, my option for a community meet would be – A harvest celebration: In our community there is a community harvest celebration planned – Harvesting vegetables, watering plants, tending to the plots of seeds of hope etc… If I am unable to get there I will be working on the garden patch in our backyard getting it ready for winter. Each of us who are unable to get to a work party has a choice of doing something on our own, check item #10 in the list below or follow the link for ideas.

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TOP 10 IDEAS FOR A GLOBAL WORK PARTY FROM 350.org

#1 Organize a Tree Planting

Planting trees is fun, friendly, and a great way to engage the community. And each one you plant will be a little carbon-sequestering machine for years to come. Try to shoot for planting 350 trees or more in one day! Check out this tree-planting guide from our friends at the Green Belt Movement for some tips.

#2 Go Solar
Working on a solar project is a great way to demonstrate the clean energy future right in your community. Whether its installing a solar panel on a local school, building a solar cooker for your community, or putting a solar hot water heater on your house–it is a great way to work with the planet, not against it.

#3 Work on a Community Garden or an Organic Farm
To get to 350, we’ll need to rethink the way we produce food on the planet–moving away from industrial agriculture powered by fossil fuels, and towards small-scale, local, organic farming. Think about using your work party as a day to model this new system–maybe you can break ground on a new community garden. Or simply help out harvesting at a local farm. For more info, visit 350.org/foodandfarm


#4 Go For a Ride:
Biking is a great way to get out and be visible in your community. It also demonstrate the need for improved infrastructure for our alternative modes of transportation. Think about setting up a bike repair workshop, or painting bike lanes in your community. Maybe an awareness ride of 350 miles (or kilometers) if you’re feeling a bit more ambitious?

#5 Harness the Wind
A local wind project can show that you’re serious about building the clean energy economy. Putting up a turbine is a big project though, so you’ll want to start planning this one early…

#6 Get Efficient:
Energy Efficiency is often considered “low hanging fruit” when it comes to reducing carbon emissions. It’s often easier and cheaper than installing renewable energy, so why not start here? Whether it’s installing more efficient LED or CFL lightbulbs in your MPs office, insulating your basement, weatherizing your church or temple, or doing an energy audit on your school, efficiency can help get us on the path to 350 as soon as humanly possible.

7 Start a Transition Town:
The Transition Towns project is designed to equip communities for the dual challenges of climate change and peak oil. By raising awareness of sustainable living and building local resilience in the near future, making your community a “transition town” can provide a solid framework for sustained action at the local level. There is even a whole existing network of communities working as Transition towns that you can connect with to learn what they are doing: http://www.transitionnetwork.org/

#8 Faith Work
Connections between the world’s diverse religions and the issue of global warming are numerous and strike a strong moral chord. This is a great way to gather people together who already have a community in which they discuss the big questions — now is the chance to add global warming to the list and harness the network to start working on the solutions.

#9 Trash Clean Up
Sadly, some of our iconic places aren’t as pristine as we’d like. Why not leave the place better than you found it? By recycling the garbage you find, you can ensure that the embedded energy in the products gets reused–instead of decomposing over the years and sending a stready stream of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.

#10 Reduce your own emissions 10%
By working together, we can achieve a 10% cut in carbon emissions in a single year, starting in 2010. Our focus is on immediate, practical action–350.org’s focus is on uniting local actions for systemic change on a global level. We’re working hard to show that through hard work, we can achieve 10% reductions on the personal and community level.

Find More Ideas Here

The options are many and if we all take small steps, it will make a difference. Good luck world! Let this be the beginning of a bold new Green revolution!

Solar Makes It’s Way Back to The White House!

By Spring of 2011 The White House will have Solar Panels heating water, keeping up with the president’s executive order that called on the federal government buildings to lead in the establishment of a clean energy economy.

It was just 4 weeks back that 350.org’s Bill Mckibben and a team of students from the Unity College Maine made a trip to the White house to put Solar back on the White House roofs where Jimmy Carter put it in 1979! They were also carrying one of the solar panels which was installed on the White House roof with them.We covered it here

Today Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that Solar panels and a solar hot water heater will soon be installed at the White House, at the 2010 GreenGov Symposium in Washington, accompanied by Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the Council of Environmental Quality.

What better way to put alternative energy on the front page  and highlight our need to let go of fossil fuel as a source of energy than putting the most powerful home in the world go Solar! Live Green!

Source –

Article on CNN – Solar Power Coming to the White House

350.org and their road trip to the White house in early September of 2010 – Big Victory White House Goes Solar!

10/10/10 The Global Work Party

Mark Your Calendars 10/10/2010 is “Global Work Party”

Place – Where ever You Live

Aim – Do something to alleviate Climate Change in your city or community.

Watch the world come together to take a stand against climate change, do your part every small step counts.

On 10/10/2010 350.org is organizing the Global work Party, the largest ever effort on one day to reduce carbon world wide. The plan is to get people to work towards doing one thing to reduce our carbon foot print be it by installing Solar panels or by fixing up bikes. People have already started responding in large numbers and are creating action plans for their respective, cities and towns.

What is 350.org?

“350 “comes from the 350 parts per million which many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. It is an international campaign organization dedicated to that’s building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis–the solutions that science and justice demand.

The ultimate aim of the organization is to make governments world over to pass strong climate change policies and work to reduce emissions.

Why Global Work Party?

Thousands of people around the world have already registered their plans, including bike repair workshops in San Francisco, school insulating teams in London, waste-land-to-veggies-gardeners in  New Zealand, and solar panel installers in Kenya. Check out if your city or neighborhood has something planned? If not plan something and get moving. You can find ideas and existing plans here

So the plan is to pay attention to both “Work” and “Party”, people who care about the earth coming together is a party and when work is being done to reduce our impact on the planet what could be better!

Do your bit, Join the Global Work Party and take a step towards making our world a better place. Live Green!

Check out the video on Global Work Party:

You can sign up to host a local event at www.350.org/oct10

Search for an event to join at www.350.org/map

A Road Trip to Reignite The White House Solar Project

Today morning at 9AM EST Bill McKibben the founder of 350.org will lead a group of Unity College students to meet White House representatives about Solar Installations on the White house roof. The team started a road trip from Maine on the 7th of September with the intent to reignite the solar installation project in the white house which was started by President Jimmy Carter in 1979 and dismantled by Ronald Reagan. The team will be carrying one of the original Carter panels from Maine as a symbolic gesture.

You can ask the President to Fix his roof here 🙂

Bill McKiben’s aim is to get solar panels on the roof of the white house; in his words “as visible as the White House Garden”. Any worthwhile environmental legislation has been shot down or watered down by the Fossil Fuel industry and its allies without breaking sweat. Putting Solar panels on the White house roof is something the President can make a decision on without being worried about a filibuster proof majority.

When the most powerful Country’s Government is dragging its feet when it comes to action on climate and environment, how can we expect other countries to take measures easily?

What I found interesting is the fact that President George W Bush did add some solar panels to the roofs of a maintenance shed, the presidential Spa and Cabana! Sad part is it did not get the coverage it deserved as it was not popularized. When President Carter put in the Solar panels for a water heating in 1979 he believed that it would be there until 2000 providing every president with hot water! The panels taken down by President Ronald Reagan were taken and used by the Unity college where it has provided hot water for 3 decades now!

The team is hoping for 10/10/2010 as the date when the panels will be installed on the White house roof. It is the Global Work Party day, the date is 10/10/10. The place is wherever you live. And the point is to do something that will help deal with global warming in your city or community. New Zealand has plans for giant bike fix-up day, Uganda plans to plant thousands of trees, Bolivia plans to in install solar panels to negate their carbon foot print. The Hope is to see our president helping his home go solar for the entire world to see.

Wondering whether the tax payer will have to foot the bill for these panels? No need to worry, Sungevity Solar a California based solar manufacturer has promised to provide them free of cost provided they will be mounted visible to the public.

China has more than 60 million solar water heaters installed! The White House leading the way will make a push for Solar unlike any other by reigniting the “Green Movement” which was allowed to wither away 3 decades back. The Global climate depends on each one of us doing our bit to get away from using fossil fuels, lesser fossil fuel we consume better it will be for the environment and our planets future.

Waiting for the meeting today and hope we get a positive outcome out of it.  Seeing Solar Panels on the roof of the most powerful home in the world, what can be more symbolic and Green.

Watch the coverage on Democracy Now:

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi “We must be the change that we want to see in this world”

Go 350.org! Go Eco Warriors! you make me proud to be a follower! Live Green!

Sources:

Put Solar On it

Unity College
350.org

NYtimes

UPDATE:

The meeting with White house officials sadly did not produce any positive result and the write up by McKibben can be read here . The Carter Panel will stay in Washington albeit not in the White house, and the 10/10/10 Global Work Party is going ahead full steam. May be President Obama will rethink about fixing his roof sooner than later.