Saturday, October 24, 2009

350.org: International Day of Climate Change Action Events

Today is 350.org's International Climate Change Action Day. Around the world there are a wide range of activities all geared towards combating climate change. A Global 350 Mosaic: Organizers in Sydney and Beijing are forming giant human 3's, while activists in London and Delhi make huge 5's, and citizens in Copenhagen and Quito form enormous 0's, together making a global 350, a symbol of the need for all of us to work together. In Kenya, 350 Maasai children will perform a jumping dance, highlighting that for their pastoral lifestyle, climate change is already underfoot. Across China, over 200 events are planned at iconic locations like wind-turbine farms, coastal cities, and at melting glaciers. In Mexico City, thousands of students and citizens will form a giant 350 human banner visible from the air in the famous Venustiano Carranza Plaza.

THE GREEN MARKET event in support of 350.org is entitled "Let the Business Community Know How You Want Them to Help": Encourage business to be part of the solution! Share your ideas about the ways you would like the business community to contribute to managing climate change. Responses will be published in THE GREEN MARKET and forwarded to business leaders and business publications.

Other events include, "Email to elected representatives" Send an email message to the MPPs, MPs and municipal councillors in your riding (if you are Canadian) as well as Ministers of the Environment as well as Energy both provincial and federal. Include some of your personal messages or key messages from 350.org if you like or simply: "Change the politics,save the climate!"Have it sent from your email at 3:50 p.m. on October 24th. For contact coordinates go to MPP and House of Commons.

350: Cartoons against Climate Change: Save the world, one drawing at a time!We propose a creative way of getting involved with 350.org's international day of action for climate change initiatives on October 24th 2009; CARTOONS. Amateur doodlers to professional panelists we want you all! The only guidelines are that your cartoon:a) Channel the theme of climate change or the number 350b) Is a still image. This includes all styles and mediums so get creative!Signing your work is optional but encouraged. Take this project to your classrooms, friends and family and see how far a little creativity can go! Send your submissions in .jpg format to350Cartoons@gmail.com. View the petition online on Saturday October 24th along with 7000 other blogs writing for 350!

3 minute, 50 second sound artworks: In the Integrated Design program at Parsons The New School for Design, students in the course IDC Lab: Media were asked to create 3-minute, 50-second soundworks that raise awareness about the number 350. They also had to write an artist statement about their work and post both to YouTube. Some questions they addressed include...What can we describe through sound, and no other medium?...What kind of attention do we have from a listener, and what are the various ways we can take advantage of that attention?...How can sound spread the message of 350.org?...How will you incorporate language if you are thinking of a global audience?...What kinds of sounds are more global than others? Hear some examples of the work produced.

350 Commitment Card: Come to the Cathedral Saint John the Divine: 1047 Amsterday Avenue @ 112th Street, 11:00 - 12:00 Saturday, October 24, 2009. Wear earthcolors - Sign the Commitment Card for your own personal, ongoing 350 Action. Join us on the steps of the Cathedral 11:30 for a large photo - card signatures Blessed. The "Low or No Fossil Fuel Usage Days" - Commitment Card States: "I,__________________________, make a commitment to select a day a week to use no or low fossil fuels to the best of my ability." This is part of my personal effort to decrease CO2 to a level of 350 parts per million (or less), the number that has been scientifically established as the maximum amount of CO2 allowable for sustainability of our planet (previously450ppm), and, in so doing, I will help to protect God's Creation. Use renewably generated electricity. Walk, bike, scooter. Use public transportation. Use high MPG vehicles. Avoid use of plastics. Eat less or no meat. Eat locally grown food8. Plant trees, gardens, plants. The Environmental Task Force of the Congregation of Saint Saviour within the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine On the left side of the card is a place for the person's name, printed, and the congregation logo. This portion is removed and collected in a container. Both portions of the card have a place for the number of the card at the top. The individual takes the commitment portion; the other collected portion with the names - the people - will be blessed on October 24th and the names read on the steps of the Cathedral, 11 - 12:00, and the Cathedral's bells will ring 350 times.We hope to have 350 names/commitment cards. We will continue to collect these on the street Saturday, October 24th and to hand out information on the 350 Action Day and the importance of the number 350 and 350ppm.

Tweet the President: President Barack Obama is one of the people with the most power to create a positive outcome at the upcoming Copenhagen meeting. Let's let him know that the 350 ppm target is the only way to stop the planet tipping into climate crisis. Twitter is an easy, quick, and powerful way to send this message - imagine the impact of thousands of messages flooding his twitter page, all reading exactly the same message. The power of the internet played a huge part in getting Obama elected - now let's use that power to fight climate change! On Saturday, 24 October 2009, between 12 - 1 PM (East Coast time)Send the following tweet to @BarackObama: USA MUST formally adopt the 350ppm CO2 target at Copenhagen 09 – the ONLY WAY to prevent runaway climate change NO EXCUSES! All the tweets sent to President Barack Obama need to contain the same message, as this will create maximum impact. If you don't have a twitter account, consider signing up for this purpose!It is a simple action that can be very powerful if many of us do it. Politicians only have power because we give it to them, so let's make our voices heard. Sign up on our facebook page: And invite your friends, family, as many people as possible!

Global Clean Tech Open Ideas Competition: Pitch your clean tech idea and win a chance for Global recognition plus $100,000 in cash and services to turn your idea into reality! To Enter: Register Now by completing this Form. Prepare one paragraph and a 60 second verbal pitch describing: the idea, the problem being solved, the market, the benefits to the environment and why your idea is a winner. After you register, you will be emailed instructions on where to upload your Paragraph and Video Pitch. Need inspiration? Check this link for Clean Tech Open Categories and a list of problems that need solutions! Submissions are due by Nov 1. Winners from the United States region will move on to the Global Competition on Nov 17 in San Francisco. Timeline: Open NOW: Registration - Complete this form.Mon. Nov 1 - Deadline to submit Paragraph and Video Pitch (online) Tue. Nov. 17 - Winner will represent our region as a Global IDEAS finalist at the annual Cleantech Open Awards Gala in San Francisco. Register NOW! Details on uploading your entry will be emailed to you once you complete this initial registration. Questions, comments, concerns? Email Clean Tech Ideas competition co-organizer, Brian Payer: brian.payer@gmail.com. Event Website.

Flash Mob: At 3:30pm, we need you to join us at Yonge Dundas Square to form a human ticking time bomb. Dressed in black, the mob will walk two blocks chanting ‘tck, tck, tck’. It will eventually explode at Commensal Vegetarian Restaurant, where a video booth will record your ‘Tck’, becoming part of a global video. Make your voice heard. Let the world’s leaders know the clock is ticking on climate change. Tcktcktck.org. For further information, call Julia at 416-544-3977 X27. Event Website.

Green & Tonic Carrotmob: Green & Tonic's mission is to grow a dynamic ecosystem uniting green bars, green beverages, and green drinkers into a cocktail of action. We have joined forces with Carrotmob to organize a 350.org event in order to help green a bar in San Francisco. Shotwell’s has confirmed their commitment to using 25% of profits from the Carrotmob on October 24th for environmental retrofits. We had a great competition with 4 bars bidding over each other! Originally we were focused on the Mission, but after receiving outside interest from bars with sustainability commitments in other neighborhoods, we decided to open it up. The other bars (in addition to Shotwell’s) that have all shown outstanding commitment to going green are Mojito, Hemlock, and The Page. Our goal is to have mobbers send out 350 tweets about the event to get as many supporters out as we can! Here are the details of the event for the tweets: What: Shotwell’s CarrotmobDate: Saturday, October 24thAddress: 3349 20th Street(between Folsom St & Shotwell St)Time: 6pm to 9pm. If you would like to join us, or have your 350.org after party at our event, email us at 350carrotmob@greenandtonic.com. Event Website.

350,000 email signatures with replyforall.com!:In support of 350.org, replyforall.com will be donating the ad space in 350,000 replyforall email signatures starting now through Oct. 24th! Sign-up today to drive support to your favorite cause and raise awareness of 350.org efforts. Your replyforall signatures will tell the friends and family you email everyday about the challenge of climate change and how we can work together to achieve 350 ppm. replyforall email signatures allow users to raise awareness of their cause and donate for free. All you have to do is use replyforall email signatures while sending the emails you already send everyday through Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail. Your customized signatures feature your cause and ads from brand sponsors who pay to be included. replyforall shares the payment with users' causes. By using replyforall signatures, every email you send serves as a high-visibility rallying cry for climate action! Event Website.
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