10/10/10 get prepared
The world's largest day of practical action to fight climate change
On the 10th of October, people across the planet will pick up hammers, shovels and buckets, and join the 10/10/10 Global Work Party, the world’s largest day of practical action to fight the climate crisis.
Climate change is becoming a more urgent issue every day. Stories of millions losing their homes in extreme floods in Pakistan and extraordinary drought and crop failures in Russia have been echoing around the planet, along with reports of increasing food shortages and droughts in Africa. More and more people realise that none of us can escape the climate crisis and urgent steps must be taken to combat global warming.
But world leaders have been slow to act. The Copenhagen climate talks in December last year were unsuccessful, and current negotiations for a global climate agreement have slowed to a crawl -- despite most African countries' support for such a deal.
In a worldwide effort to energise the fight against climate change, Africans are joining with citizens of over 150 countries for the Global Work Party on the 10th of October. Co-ordinated by international campaign group 350.org, the Work Party is a chance for people to take visible steps in their communities to deal with the climate crisis.
Globally, over a thousand events have already been registered on the 350.or website, with more being added every day. A sample of African events include: Nigerian activists will be distributing low energy light bulbs, Zimbabweans will be putting up solar panels on a rural hospital, South Africans will be celebrating a mass bike ride to encourage people to get out of their cars, and communities in 13 African countries will be planting trees to reduce erosion and greenhouse emissions.
"Africa will be more affected by climate change than any other continent. We must encourage our political leaders to act by leading the way," said Landry Ninteretse, a 350.org activist in Burundi. "If we can get to work on the 10th of October to make our communities greener, our leaders can get to work on a strong, enforceable plan to combat climate change. Anyone can visit our website, www.350.org, to register a new event or find out about 10/10/10 events near them that they can join in."
United Nations' Secretary General Ban Ki Moon strongly supports the Global Work Party. “It’s time for us to roll up our sleeves and get to work on building the clean energy future that will generate economic opportunity and provide a better, safer, healthier world for our children,” he said. “On October 10, I encourage everyone to do his or her part to be part of the solution to the climate challenge.”
Last year, on the 24th of October, 350.org inspired the world’s most widespread day of action on climate change, with 5,200 events taking place in 181 countries. They hope to make the 10/10/10 Global Work Party even more successful. ENDS
What is 350.org?
350.org is an international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis--the solutions that science and justice demand.
Our theory of change is simple: if an international grassroots movement holds our leaders accountable to the latest climate science, we can start the global transformation we so desperately need.
350 is the most important number in the world—it's what scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide (measured in PPM or parts per million) in the atmosphere. Accelerating arctic warming and other early climate impacts have led scientists to conclude that we are already above the safe zone at our current 392ppm, and that unless we are able to rapidly return to below 350 ppm this century, we risk reaching tipping points and irreversible impacts such as the melting of the Greenland ice sheet and major methane releases from increased permafrost melt.
Nice illustration by people to show thrills and goal of the globe to decrease the amount of carbon in the atmosphere to 350ppm or less...!!
Adam Welz; Africa Regional Media Coordinator said:
(We would be thrilled if people in Sudan could be inspired to join the world in working for a solution to the climate crisis by registering an event for the 10th of October. It does not need to be complicated or cost a lot of money).