On Sunday 10/10/2010 I attended a tree planting with Johns Hill Landcare Group and Emerald for Sustainability (EmFSus) in planting 350 trees at Pepi”s Land in Emerald, Victoria, Australia. This event was part of the 350.org National Day of Action and was mirrored by other people all over the world.
Following on from the educational “350 day” in 2009 this year’s “Global work party” called for “real, tangible work” in 2010. It was heartening to see so many people unite, from all over the globe, and rise to the challenge and give their day to send a message to their political leaders that, people all over the world are speaking out for the environment.
Just like so many of these world-wide environmental days, people from all over the world unite to send a single cohesive message with a combined purpose with over 7,000 events in over 188 countries of the world. In fact the only countries that were unaccounted for are North Korea, Andorra, Equatorial Guinea, and San Marino. This is a clear message that the whole world is involved in saving planet Earth so the whole world is becoming engaged.
Hopefully our political leaders will start to realise that if they don’t listen they will no longer be our political leaders. Let’s just hope this process of having them listen doesn’t take too long. This was obvious in the recent elections in Australia where the “Greens” vote had a major increase.
Here is a partial list of countries that signed up to take part in this massive day organised by www.350.org
- Every Australian state and territory has events signed up 10/10
- Events are registered in all 50 states in the USA!
- Work Parties registered in 47 European countries and rising…
- 53 out of 55 African countries are on the map!
- 23 out of 28 Indian States are planning something for 10/10/10…
- 20 out of 20 Latin American countries have registered events for 10/10/10!
- There’s an event in every province and territory in Canada…
- Most remote event: Namibia school installing six solar panels in the middle of the desert.
- Most presidential event: Maldives’ Pres. Nasheed personally installed solar panels on his roof!
- Most educational: 850 universities in China, India, and USA as part of The Great Power Race
- Most futuristic: Young people in Barbados will building a fuel-cell powered hovercraft!
You can visit 350.org today and you’ll see photos that show that millions of people, from 188 countries, are united with a common purpose.
They may speak differently or look differently or pray differently, but they all care about the same future.
Why is this day so important?
350 is the number that leading scientists from around the world say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide—measured in “Parts Per Million” in our atmosphere. 350 PPM is the number humanity needs to get back to as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change.
If we, as a global community on this planet don’t change, the figure is estimated to increase to 450PPM or even 550PPM which will make massive changes to life on earth as we know it now. Are we willing to risk this and risk the impact this will have on our children’s lives? Obviously people from around the world don’t think so.
If you are interested in learning more about the figure “350” and its impact on the climate and the future of our world please visit the 350.org website.
It won’t be easy to get on the path to 350, but we can all keep pushing for the big actions that matter–pushing with the confidence that comes with having a movement standing together.
And as for the tree planting here is a picture of tree plantings that occurred at Pepi’s land just 2 years ago. You can see how large the trees have grown and how it is possible for a few dedicated people to make a change.
And if a few people can make this sort of change how much bigger a change can a large group of people make?
Keep up the good work everyone