350, Climate Change, October 24th and you
Carl Chenery from 350 spoke at the Grey Lynn 2030 Monthly Meeting in June.
Check out the 90 second 350 video here to find out more on 350: www.350.org.nz/why-350/
What will you bring to the table October 24th?
What can Grey Lynn 2030 do to get involved?
Here are some ideas.
Looking for some ideas for your October 24th action? We’ve collected some of our favorites here.
Whatever you choose to do just remember to plan a time for taking an
action photo that visibly displays the number 350. If possible, choose
an iconic or meaningful location for your action — a place you wish to
protect from climate change or which represents what matters to you and
Walk, March, or Rally:
Visibly walking through your community shows movement and solidarity
with the cause. Ending at an iconic site (a monument, mountain, hill,
river, temple, park — you know what’s best for your place) with
speakers and musicians is a great way to spread the word while having a
Show the Tide Line: In coastal areas, rising sea
levels caused my melting sea ice may flood many iconic and meaningful
places. Standing on or marking potential tide lines could be a powerful image and educational experience for your community.
October 24 will be an excellent teaching opportunity! Do some online
research about global warming and invite your participants to learn
more about the issue and discuss why 350 is such a critical benchmark
for international action on this issue.
Support Better Foods: Have a feast, potluck, or
carbon-free picnic in your best local spot. This is an easy way to get
everyone participating and highlight local and/or organic foods.
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.
Invite Government Officials:
October 24 will be a great day to directly engage government officials
and call for real action on climate change. Who in your country has
influence on climate policy? Consider inviting your mayor, environment
minister, representatives, or perhaps even prime minister or president.
Whoever you try to invite, just be sure to give them plenty of advanced
notice, be polite, call back if you are not hearing from them, and
maybe even visit their office to demonstrate how much you care about
Biking, like a march or walk, is a great way to get out and be visible
in your community. It can also demonstrate the need for improved
infrastructure for our alternative modes of transportation.
Campus Action: College campuses have a huge role to
play in any social movement. Push the creativity and tech-savvy
contributions that youth can provide, and give a strong base of energy
for our elders.
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?
Spend part of your day actively creating a more just, sustainable world
by helping weatherize buildings in your community, constructing new
pedestrian or cycle paths, or running whatever sorts of service
projects you can come up with to work towards getting CO2 back below
Art Installation: Provide art supplies and invite
your participants to create art—maybe something that speaks of the
importance of your iconic place.
Sports: Bring a football or a frisbee, and invite everyone to play a game outside! Click here to learn more about athletes participating in October 24.
Music: Perhaps you know some local musicians who
might want to join the effort. Or, you could invite participants to
bring instruments themselves and create music.
Letter writing: Encourage your participants to sign and/or write letters to government officials to formally adopt the 350 ppm CO2 target.
Film Festival: Film is a powerful medium and a
great way to inspire people to take action! Introduce sensitive issues,
tell powerful stories of those making a difference and provide
solutions to our climate crisis in a fun and captivating way. The Wild
& Scenic Environmental Film Festival out of Nevada City, CA offers
a turn-key program that makes it easy and affordable for communities to
“host a tour” venue. Find out more at www.wseff.org and click “On Tour.” Or call 530-582-5334.