350.org Event at Compo Beach, Westport

logoPerhaps by now you’ve heard about the global 350.org event this Saturday, October 24, focusing on The International Day of Climate Action. According to the organizer’s web site, 4,528 actions in 174 different countries have been organized to date, and one of them is at sunrise at Compo Beach in Westport. The weather is supposed to be ugly, so wear your rain boots and coats and bring your umbrellas. The more color the better I’m told. Please RSVP if you plan to go.

Sunrise on the Beach

24 October 2009 – 7:00am – 8:00am

The Unitarian Church in Westport Environmental Action Group is organizing this event

Time: Sunrise on Saturday October 24th– 7:15 AM

Please arrive at 7:00, so that at sunrise, people can gather across the beach to appreciate the natural beauty – that we need to protect, where climate change will have a huge impact. Wear brightly colored clothes and bring scarves, flags, banners!

We’ll have music, too, to bring us together in a shared sense of community, to recognize that we’re in this together and together we can effect positive change.

All are welcome! Bring instruments!

I see a need for a global message like this to be spread because I still hear from many people that it’s inconvenient, costly or not a good time to go green. And food, for some reason, always gets the short end of the stick. Sorry there are no tax credits for eating sustainably and organic food is not subsidized.

I agree with the event organizers that we just can’t afford to wait any longer. The 350.org web site makes it very clear that we are in a dangerous place and need to make some immediate changes.  “Scientists say that 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere is the safe limit for humanity” and we’re currently at 387+ ppm.

billmckibbenThe message below is from Bill McKibben, American Environmentalist and organizer of this Saturday’s global 350.org event.

Dear Friends,

For 20 years the world has managed to do very little about the greatest problem it’s ever faced. In three days time, you can help change that–and if you step up you’re going to have a lot of company!

It looks like the International Day of Climate Action this Saturday October 24th will be the single most widespread day of political action the planet has ever seen–we’re closing in on 170 nations, and more than 4,000 rallies and events.  Check out  www.350.org/map

People in all those cities and towns all around the world will be saying the same thing: science tells us that we can’t have more than 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere if we want a planet like the one we were born onto. That sounds complicated, but it isn’t–350 is the bottom line for the earth.

Here’s a message just for those of you in the U.S. It looks like this weekend is going to be even more important here: President Obama is scheduled to give a major climate speech on Friday, and the Senate is set to hold hearings on its global warming bill on Tuesday1. This will be one of the last best chances to make the support for much stronger efforts unmistakably loud and clear. Your efforts this weekend will be doing double duty–helping with the fight in Copenhagen and also on Capitol Hill.

Please take a moment to forward this along to everyone you know in your community and around the world, and ask them to find an event near them to take part in this important day: www.350.org/map.

Thanks for everything you do,

Bill McKibben for the 350.org Crew

1 Samuelsohn, Darren, “Obama to Give Senate Climate Bill Push with MIT Speech”  http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2009/10/21/21climatewire-obama-to-give-senate-climate-bill-a-push-wit-53858.html

1 thought on “350.org Event at Compo Beach, Westport”

  1. Small efforts often lead to more efforts and sometimes greater efforts. And pretty soon, each of us is a part of the solution in our own way. And best of all, most of the time it’s fun.

    In the course of planning this climate action I have experienced the power of taking action – like a pebble falling in water, the ripples never stop reaching out.

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