Outdone Ourselves

Outdone Ourselves

The year 2009 was kind of a big deal for the climate movement. Last year, we experienced unprecedented solidarity and collaboration worldwide to call for a fair, ambitious, and binding climate deal in Copenhagen.

We know the Copenhagen Accord is not going to cut it. There is still so much work to be done, but we are not about to give up. Evidently so – 10/10/10, the Global Work Party is even BIGGER than October 24th, 2009. Consider the words of 350.org Co-Founder, Bill McKibben:

Dear Friends,

When we first announced the Global Work Party scheduled for this weekend, I had three worries:

1) Since so many of you had done such a good job last year–5200 events in 181 countries, what CNN called “the most widespread day of political action in the planet’s history”–I was concerned that it was going to be hard to top.

2) Because the Global Work Party called for real, tangible Work, I thought fewer people would be willing to rise to the challenge.

3) It had been a discouraging year, with the failures in Copenhagen and in the US Congress, and the unwillingness of governments all over the world to take any sort of meaningful climate action. People told me the movement was deflated, and that no one had any energy left.

Obama promised this week to reinstall solar panels on the White House.

As it turned out, I didn’t need to worry. Thanks to you, this weekend will be remembered as the day when a single message blanketed more of the planet than ever before. This won’t just be the most widespread day of carbon-cutting action in the planet’s history–it will be the most widespread day of just about anything the earth has ever seen.

In the same year when global temperatures have set one scary new record after another, you are rewriting the record books for civic engagement. We don’t have the final numbers yet because registrations are still streaming in, but it’s clear that we’re on track to shoot past 7000 events in 188 countries. […]

President Nasheed of the Maldives installed solar panels on his roof this week.

Things are happening fast here, and I’ve got to get back on the phone with reporters to try to explain to them about everything happening around the world. We are so grateful for all that you’re doing, and
committed to making it count.

Bill McKibben for the whole 350.org Team

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