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Time to Get to Work!

Last October, a movement spread across the globe focused on a single mission: Restoring our atmosphere with a safe level of carbon dioxide—350 parts per million. 350.org has organized over 5,200 events in more than 180 countries all in support of this call to action for climate change.

This year, 350.org has joined with 10:10, a campaign centered on the ideal of citizens reaching a 10 percent reduction in carbon emissions, to establish Global Work Parties on 10/10/10. Communities around the world will take charge of finding solutions locally to combat climate change. Each project will uphold the characteristics of creating a sustainable community and advance the notion that we have the power to incite change in our atmosphere by our actions.

350.org was founded Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature, one of the first books on global warming for the general public, and a team of his university friends. Together the 350.org founders ran a campaign in 2007 called Step It Up, which organized over 2,000 rallies at iconic places in all 50 of the United States.

Connecticut’s Clean Energy Communities have helped lead the way in sponsoring local climate change events including Step It Up, the National Conversation on Climate Action and the original 350.org day. Now that we are exactly two months away from 10/10/10, please consider joining a Work Party established in your area or creating one of your own. 350.org has created a Map of Actions to locate a party in your area. You can access the map here. If you’re interested in creating an event of your own, here are some great ideas:

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers put global warming on ice at 350 Night, October 24, 2009.

Top Ideas for 10/10/10 Events

  1. CTCleanEnergyOptions Signup Drive
  2. Go Solar
  3. Work on a Community Garden or an Organic Farm
  4. Go for a Bike Ride
  5. Organize a Tree Planting
  6. Get Energy Efficient
  7. Do a Trash Cleanup

See more examples at www.350.org/workparty-ideas.

We would love to showcase Connecticut Work Parties on our own map! Please send us an invitation to attend or let us know what you’re planning by writing to communities@ctcleanenergy.com.

Jillian Carbone
Project Associate, CCEF

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