350 October 24th: International Day of Climate Action
Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 23rd, 2009
On October 24, join people all over the world to take a stand for a safe climate future.
This will be the most widespread day of climate action ever, with 158 countries participating and 3000+ actions planned to help ‘uncook the planet’ by setting a safer target of 350 parts per million CO2 in our atmosphere.
Visit www.350.org/map to find and RSVP for an action near you.
This movement has room for everyone
24 October won’t be like anything you’ve ever seen before–not just in terms of scope and scale, but in terms of diversity as well. 24 Oct events will be of every stripe and color–in addition to the thousands of amazing rallies, educational events, and protests, there will be unique contributions from unlikely places and people:
- The president of the Maldives, a near-extinct island-nation, will be holding a cabinet meeting underwater, complete with scuba gear and 350 banners.
- Afghan youth will be creating a giant chalk image of 350 on the side of a mountain in the Hindu Kush.
- Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli activists will put aside political differences to push for a fair, ambitious and binding climate treaty. On the beaches of their respective shores of the Dead Sea, they will make a big 3, 5, and 0.
The media is getting very interested…
350 is gaining momentum in the mainstream media – what politicians use as the barometer of public opinion. The Washington Post, New York Times, BBC, CNN, are but a few sources covering the 350 movement this past week. And this is just a taste of the global & local media headlines we’re going to make together on the 24th-and beyond!
We’ve got the most powerful tool on the planet–the internet
Just a few years ago it would have been laughable to try to pull off a global campaign, in 10+ languages, with events in 150+ countries. Now, a web-powered campaign can harness video (like these animations), social networks (like our pages on Twitter and Facebook), e-mail (like this one), online maps, and more. And now you can help build this buzz online–take 15 seconds to emblazon your Twitter avatar or Facebook profile picture with a 350 badge.
The world will hear our call
350.org staff have got permission to display your 350 action photos & videos from around the world on the MASSIVE screens in Times Square, in the HEART of New York City. This is sure to reach world leaders: www.350.org/bigscreen
On the Monday after 24 October, the 350.org crew will be visiting UN headquarters in NYC to hand-deliver the photos to diplomats and delegates from around the world to make sure they know how much you want a global climate deal that meets the science.
Partners are pulling out all the stops
Al Gore invited his millions of email subscribers and 1.75 million Twitter followers to join or start actions around the world at 350.org. Read more about this exciting announcement here: www.350.org/gore
Other partners-from environmental groups like Greenpeace and 1Sky, to online powerhouses like Avaaz, to brand new coalitions like TckTckTck-are all coming forward in an unprecedented alliance to create a global climate movement. This movement is only possible because of a network of friends and allies around the world, including major international NGOs and local, grassroots organizations.
It’s not too late to join the action
The European team whipped up a “Quick & Easy” Action guide to help new organizers pull off a great 350 action just in time–check out all the great actions you can organize, even if you have only a week left before the big day: www.350.org/quick
Last week was “Blog Action Day” – an annual event when thousands of bloggers all over the world write about a single topic. This year’s subject: climate change. Over 7,000 blogs signed up, reaching 10+ million readers!If you have a blog and want to get involved just click here: www.350.org/bloggers
And speaking of good timing, it turns out the International Day of Climate Action just happens to take place on the internationally recognized “UN Day”, and the UN just happens to be a major target for the outpouring of action the world will see on October 24th. Perfect.
350 has gone mobile
Keep the movement in your pocket at www.350.org/mobile. Join the world’s first grassroots global SMS text messaging campaign.