Holy Trinity: 10:00 AM
St. Lawrence College: 12:30 PM
Cornwall Joins “Global Work Party” to
Solve the Climate Crisis
Over 180 countries join 10/10/10: a day of practical climate action“People will do very practical things today,” said 350.org founder Bill McKibben. “But they also were sending a pointed political message. When they put down their shovels, many will pick up their cell-phones to call their leaders and say: ‘We’re getting to work, what about you?’”
In Cornwall, the student Green Teams at St. Lawrence College and Holy Trinity High School will participate in a tree planning event in cooperation with Transition Cornwall + and the Resource Stewardship Council SD&G.
This tree planting is a demonstration that small steps can lead to big changes over time. Our future depends on these actions and the actions of people around the world.
From dawn down under, when bicycle mechanics in Auckland New Zealand will fan out across the city repairing thousands of cycles, to nightfall on the west coast of the U.S. when thousands will gather in Seattle for a giant concert after a day of planting community gardens, the Global Work Party will involve almost every country on earth.
“10-10-10 will be remembered as the day the world put aside its differences and came together to do whatever is needed to prevent runaway climate change,” said Franny Armstrong, founder of the 10:10 campaign, which helped inspire the day’s events.“We haven’t heard yet from North Korea, but pretty much everywhere else on earth there are actions being taken,” said Jamie Henn, media coordinator for 350.org, which helped to organize the global events.Additional highlights of the day will include:
- Sumo wrestlers will ride bicycles in a parade through downtown Tokyo
- The City of Paris is committed to reducing its emissions 10% in 2010
- Women will attend a solar oven workshop in Karachi
- Community members will retrofit low-income homes in New Orleans
- Students in the Philippines will plant 2,000 mangrove trees to protect their coast
“If you’re living in Pakistan, or you’re watching the flooding on the television, you understand that we’ve got to change quickly,” she said. “It’s the message we tried to spread in our film ‘The Age of Stupid,’ and it’s a message that people across the world are echoing.”
“In some parts of the world people use so little energy that they can’t really cut back,” said Henn. “But they can participate too, by demonstrating that their nations can develop with clean energy. Distributing hundreds of solar ovens in Bolivia is every bit as hopeful as turning down the lights on the movie marquees of Piccadilly Circus.”
“Hopefully it will spur some action at the next UN meeting in Mexico this December,” said McKibben. “Maybe now that they’ve seen us hammering in solar panels, they’ll decide to hammer out a treaty.”