The E-mail Commentary from Eco-Justice Ministries
Go to Work on 10/10/10
It is just 10 days until 10/10/10. Take part in this year's global day of action to limit climate change!
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Almost a year ago, on October 24, the worldwide movement for climate action staged "the most widespread day of political action in the planet's history." (CNN) More than 5,000 coordinated events were held, involving virtually every country on Earth.
The stupendous organizing efforts last fall kept a tight focus on the number 350, teaching about the 350 parts per million that many scientists consider to be the highest "safe" level for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The 350 movement planted the scientific data point of 350 ppm in the awareness of millions of citizens, reporters and policymakers. That, in itself, was an incredible accomplishment.
The 350 events also give visibility and voice to the small nations, the poor communities and the most vulnerable locations around the planet. Thousands of photos gave a human face to places where climate change is not an abstraction. Gathering on low-lying islands, melting glaciers and spreading deserts, school children, political leaders, farmers and fishers gave witness to the climate impacts that occurring now in the places where they live.
Our hopes were high that this outpouring of public passion would give momentum to the upcoming international negotiations in Copenhagen, and that the huge number of events in the US would prod the Senate into action. Unfortunately, the realms of diplomacy and politics have not produced the agreements and actions that are needed.
There is only definite change in the climate situation in the last year: the CO2 measurements have gone up by about 2 parts per million.
The current readings are at about 389 ppm -- that's far above the safe level. Last year, it was 387. In 1959 (when precise direct measurements started), it was only 316 ppm. This rising curve is not good news.
But there is good news. There is good news about the commitment and resilience of the global movement. The grassroots global call for action continues with a day of "work parties" on 10/10/10. There is exciting news this week. Even more events have been registered for 10/10/10 than were held in 2009, and the number of work parties continues to climb. The people are vocal and active and committed.
Sunday, October 10, 2010 is another day of witness. The work parties will be doing the sorts of things that must happen to change the rising curve of greenhouse gasses. Around the world, community groups will be installing solar panels, planting trees, handing out compact florescent light bulbs (CFL), creating community gardens, engaging in acts of protest, and sponsoring educational events. The things being done that day won't solve the climate crisis by themselves, but they show that the necessary work can be done.
The 350.org website puts it this way:
Since we've already worked hard to call, email, petition, and protest to get politicians to move, and they haven't moved fast enough, now it's time to show that we really do have the tools we need to get serious about the climate crisis.
I urge you to join this global movement. Go to work for the health of God's creation on October 10.
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How can you take part in the 10/10/10 day of work parties?
My work on 10/10/10 includes a sermon at an area church, and a talk at one of the regional events. Where will you go to work for God's creation on 10/10/10?
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