General · 15th October 2009
Saturday, October 24 is the International Day of Climate Action in almost every country on Earth – potentially the biggest environmental action in our planet’s history – and Quadra is in on the act.
People will gather all over the world – including at such important places as the melting glaciers of Mt. Everest and the sinking beaches of the Maldives – and they will all be displaying the number 350 in creative ways. Hundreds upon hundreds of community events worldwide will raise awareness about the need for urgent action on the climate crisis. Thousands and thousands of pictures will be sent to the group coordinating this event, 350.org.
The photos will be put on the big screens in Times Square and projected onto the UN headquarters building. 350.org will also place photos and stories in newspapers large and small on October 25th – the same newspapers that politicians all over the world use as a barometer of public opinion.
Here on Quadra, the Sierra Club and thegumboot.ca are organizing a 350 event at Blenkin Park field on Saturday Oct 24, from 11am to 12 noon. This is your chance to dance to the revolution! Come make a sign, grab some hot chocolate, be part of a worldwide action right here on our small island. Come with friends, kids and family, bring drums and shakers, bring your camera and your cell phone.
Tina Filippino (of Letz Sing Community Choir) will lead this island-style wake-up call that keeps us on our feet, drumming, singing, adding our voices to the thousands worldwide calling for our leaders to get real about climate change!
Together we’ll make them hear the 350 message, and we’ll have a great time doing it. Thousands of events on October 24 will drive 350 and all that it represents into the human imagination, and change the negotiating environment as we head towards the crucial UN Climate Negotiations in Copenhagen this December. Our actions on October 24 will give world leaders a clear, uncompromising, and specific goal that can move negotiations in the direction that both science and justice demand: 350 Now!
Counting on the voices for change
Comment by Leanne Hodges on 24th October 2009
Thank-you, all of the action minded participants who are gathering today for Climate Action Day at Blenkin Park. Enjoy the cool October sunshine, dance, cheer and link arms with the other 350 participants world wide. Let the United Nations representitives hear our cry for a vitally important change and demand it's urgency. Today I will join you by not driving, greatly reducing hydro consumption and campaigning on Face book.
Make Margaret mead proud!