Saturday, September 18, 2010

Real Meaning of GREEN Climate Action

Real Meaning of GREEN (RMOG) Climate Change Work Party,
in participation with 350.org
Sunday, 10/10/10

**Sign up through Either or Both Mediums 

On 10/10/10, I will help participate in the education of climate change and slowing of global warming.

As the members of RMOG live all around the country and some of us, around the world, the 350.org participation for 10/10/10 Climate Change Work Party (CCWP) will be a promise to participate in our own way and share our experiences online.  As I wish all of our wonderful RMOG “members” could all get together, as is what the "Work Party" is all about, however, it is simply better that we all are ACTIVE for climate CHANGE on this day.  It can be a huge project, such as setting up solar panels on your home, to a simple one like recycling any plastic bags you find.

Activities to Choose From
v     Show Your Community!!
o       Plant a tree in your community
o       Gather as many plastic bags as you can and return them to a grocery store recycling program near you
o       Gather as many plastic beverage bottles as you can and take them to a community recycling area (such as Whole Foods, Fresh and Easy, etc)
o       Clean up an area in your community
o       Get your friends and family to commute in a GREEN manner on 10/10/10
v     Individual Impact CAN Make a Difference!!
o       Start a small (or large) personal garden
o       Put up solar panels on your house or business
o       Buy your friends/family a reusable drinking bottle
o       Make your own soap or cleaning product
o       Eat only local foods.  Meaning no fast food.
o       Do not eat meat for the day (or longer).
o       Cancel your junkmail
o       Vow to not create a single item waste for the day (or longer).  Use only reusable goods.  Meaning no paper towels (and toilet paper for that matter), disposable containers, food packaging waste, etc.
o       Invite and encourage all of your Facebook friends to join the RMOG by writing them a personal message explaining the importance of learning about Climate Change and how “Going Green” needs to be the norm

**RMOG wants to see and hear about your activities for the day!! Send RMOG your 10/10/10 CCWP Pictures for a chance to win a GREEN prize!!

Our latest movement dispatch is a global round-up by Latin America organizer, Kelly Blynn...
Dear friends,
A friend recently asked me: "What's the single best way to solve the climate crisis?"
The question made me stop and think. I've been getting so many amazing updates about the climate solutions people are working on for the 10/10/10 Global Work Party, it's nearly impossible to pick just one.
The truth is, there is no silver bullet to stopping the climate crisis, no single technological solution that can fix everything at once.  We don't just need solar power, or wind power, or efficiency. We need all of these things and more.  What we need, in a word, is diversity.

I feel the same way about building the climate movement. We can't rely on just one campaign, one event, one organization, one country, or one strategy-to build a powerful climate movement we need a bit of everything.
This is why we have such a diverse campaign plan-and such a broad alliance--at 350.org. For those of you wondering what we've been up to and how all the pieces fit together, here's a quick round-up of the latest news from our various campaigns:
10/10/10-and Grants to Support Local Climate Action!
You probably already know all about our plans for 10/10/10, "The Global Work Party."  (If not, check out the invitation here)  It's less than 3 months away, and people's plans are really starting to take shape:  teams insulating schools in London,  a bike-caravan of lighting retrofitters in Mombasa, and hundreds and hundreds more.  With events in 116 countries and counting, it will be massive. 
One new development here: we now have a small pool of MONEY to support your local climate solutions projects for 10/10/10.  Submit your 10/10/10 plan by August 7th, get enough people to vote on it, and you could receive a grant of $1,000 USD to make it happen.  Check out www.350.org/funds to learn more

The Great Power Race: NEW VIDEO
Next up is the The Great Power Race, a clean energy competition between students in India, China, and the United States.  Starting this September, students will get to work making their campuses models of sustainability and spur our nations to create whole new industries-and win great prizes while doing so. The race doesn't officially start for more than a month, but the registration drive is underway. India already has over 200 campuses signed up.  Can China and the USA keep up?  As the young founders of the Great Power Race are saying:
"Our parents raced for the Moon. Our generation will race for the Earth."
We also have brand new video to get people fired up about the Great Power Race--check it out: www.greatpowerrace.org/video
Put Solar On It!
Just two weeks ago we launched the "Put Solar On It" campaign, and it's making big waves from Washington DC to Delhi.  We're calling for world leaders to go solar on 10/10/10-and to couple this symbolic effort with a real commitment to pass policies that can unleash the clean energy economy we need.  We've partnered with Sungevity, a solar provider who has agreed to donate the panels to any world leader who will go solar on 10/10/10. President Nasheed from the Maldives has already committed to going solar on that day-will other leaders follow suit?  Only if we build our numbers, so get all your friends to sign on today: www.PutSolarOn.It
US Campaigning
It's nearly impossible to make global progress on climate change without getting the US to act, which is why we've been working hard to kickstart climate action in Washington DC and beyond.  We've turned up the heat on Senators to make sure they didn't settle for a weak and watered-down climate and energy bill and we helped organize hundreds of rallies against offshore drilling
Senate democrats have decided that definitely there will not be a climate portion of a bill in the coming weeks. This is bad news--and further evidence that we have to keep working on the ground to shift the political climate as fast as humanly possible.

There's lots more brewing at 350.org, but that gives you a good overview. If you've read this far, thank you.
Looking over the list of campaigns above, it becomes clear: there actually is one silver bullet to solving the climate crisis, and it's not solar power.  It's people power. 
We can't do this without you. Let's keep building this movement.
Kelly and the 350.org team

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