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International Day of Climate Action

Saturday, October 24th, 2009 is the International Day of Climate Action (weblink: http://www.350.org/). 

If you are aware of events occurring within Saskatchewan, please post and share the information with others.

Below is the invitation from the website:

Dear World—

This is an invitation to build a movement—to take one day and use it to stop the climate crisis.

We are a group of people from around the planet—young and old, scientists and writers and activists—who have one thing in common. We know the most important number on earth: 350. And we know how to use that number to finally get global action on the worst crisis humans have ever faced. But we can only do it if you help.

A year ago, our greatest climatologist—NASA’s James Hansen—and his team produced a landmark series of studies. They showed that if we let the amount of carbon in the atmosphere go above 350 parts per million, we can’t have a planet “similar to the one on which civilization developed and to which life on earth is adapted.”

The bad news: We’re already past that number—we’re at 390 parts per million, which is why the Arctic is melting, why drought is spreading across the planet, why people are already dying from diseases like dengue fever and malaria occurring in places where they’ve never been seen before.

The good news: that number gives us a target to aim for. When the world’s leaders meet in Copenhagen in December to reach agreement on a new climate treaty, we need them to go farther than they’ve planned to go: we need to make sure they’ll pay attention to the latest science and put forward a plan that gets us back to safety.

So here’s the plan. On October 24, we need you to organize an action in the place where you live, something that will make that most important number visible to everyone. People in more than 1000 communities around the globe have already announced plans—they’ll be school children planting 350 trees in Bangladesh, scientists hanging banners saying 350 on the statues on Easter Island, 350 scuba divers diving underwater at the Great Barrier Reef, and a thousand more creative actions like these. At each event, people will gather for a big group photo that somehow depicts 350—and upload that photo to the web 350.org. As actions take place around the world, we'll link all the pictures together electronically via the web--by the end of the day, we'll have a powerful visual petition linking together the entire planet that we can deliver to the media and world leaders.

So far more than 150 nations are taking part—it's shaping up to be to be the biggest day of grassroots action on global warming ever. But we need it to be much larger—we need you, in your village or town or city, to take part. It’s not hard—we can help you with materials and ideas. But you need to take the first step, by registering an action and starting to let your friends and neighbors know about it.

Involve groups that you’re in—everything from your church, mosque or synagogue to your local bicycle group. People want to help, especially if they see the chance for something that might actually matter. This is even more important than changing your lightbulb—this is your chance to help change the way the whole world operates. October 24 comes six weeks before those crucial UN meetings in Copenhagen. It’s a great chance to take a stand—maybe the last great chance, given what the scientists tell us about the momentum of global warming.

It can only happen with the help of a global movement—and it's starting to bubble up everywhere. Farmers in Cameroon, students in China, even World Cup skiers have already helped spread the word about 350. Churches have rung their bells 350 times; Buddhist monks have formed a huge 350 with their bodies against the backdrop of Himalayas. 350 translates across every boundary of language and culture. It's clear and direct, cutting through the static and laying down a firm scientific line.

This is like a final exam for human beings. Can we muster the courage, the commitment, and the creativity to set this earth on a steady course before it's too late? October 24 will be the joyful, powerful day when we prove it's possible.

Please join us and register your local action today.

Onwards,

Bill McKibben - Author and Activist- USA Vandana Shiva - Physicist, Activist, Author - India David Suzuki - Scientist, Author, Activist - Canada Bianca Jagger - Chair of the World Future Council - UK Tim Flannery - Scientist, Author, Explorer -Australia Bittu Sahgal - Editor of Sanctuary magazine - India Andrew Simmons - Environmental Advocate, St. Vincent & The Grenadines Christine Loh - Environmental Advocate and Legislator - Hong Kong

P.S.—We need you to do something else, right away, that's pretty easy. Please forward this message to anyone you know who is even remotely appropriate.

2 Degrees Tour

David Noble, a colleague I've met through various climate change-related discussions, is planning what seems to be an amazing "2 degrees tour" this fall.  Here's a blurb from the website to describe it: 

2degreesC is pleased to announce David Noble’s North American speaking tour coming in Fall 2009. Together with local guests in communities in 20+ cities, David will be sharing stories and inspiration about the possibilities for transcendent citizen responses to the climate crisis.

We are looking for engagements with two target audiences: richly diverse general public audiences and young person groups (i.e. high school and university). If you are interested in (co-) hosting a school-based or community event, please contact us, and we'll work together to organize an exciting event that you won't soon forget.

The tour comes on the heels of a major international agreement to limit global warming to a maximum of 2 degrees C, and less than 100 days before the Copenhagen climate negotiations, where 192 countries are to thrash out a global agreement to avert catastrophic climate change. This is a historical occasion, the outcome of which will shape the course of human development forever.

More details can be found on the blog at: http://2degreestour.com/?page_id=75

I spoke to David about the tour and the possibility of him coming to Saskatchewan last week.  He is hoping that his tour to various communities will help to advance something or create the opportunity to inspire actions.  He believes that there is a lot of action required to promote a cultural shift related to climate change that will lead essentially to a cultural transformation.  In terms of an outcome of the tour, he's hoping it will generate some energy and commitment, while the principle intent is to motivate!

Various universities, mostly in Ontario and Alberta it seems at the moment have committed to bring him in.  Some are using it as an opportunity to introduce a class topic or project while others are using it to kick-off other climate change-related events already planned in their communities. 

If there was enough energy and interest in bringing the tour to Regina (and/or Saskatoon) possible dates could be the first week of October (between the 6th and 9th) or late October (either the 27th or 28th or Nov. 2nd).

The cost for public events is $4000 minimum.  For high schools, the cost is $1500 and for universities the cost is $2500. Travel would be extra in all cases (approx. $1500).

I am forwarding this to all RCE groups given the broad impact that climate change has so there may be different angles that you think that a presentation through this tour could take. 

Please post your thoughts, ideas and such about this opportunity and whether there is interest and money to bring the tour to our province.  Or flip me an email to discuss further at ksare@regina.ca

Job Posting: Youth Coordinator for Asset Mapping Project in Regina

Link to Spring Into Action Event

Hello All...

FYI...more information on the Spring Into Action event scheduled for June 8-9 in Saskatoon can be found here: http://www.zebra.anatexis.net/?q=node/1024

Kim

Chair, Climate Change Theme Area Working Group

Spring into Action Event: June 8-9, 2009

Hello All...

Plans are in motion for the Spring Into Action Event, June 8-9 in Saskatoon. 

The focus is to examine the intersections between education for sustainable development and Aboriginal perspectives. The first day of the event will be of interest to all RCE members. While there is a particular emphasis on supporting the Ministry of Education goals as noted below, the second day is reserved for those interested in action planning around all issues of ESD.

As part of this second day (June 9), there will be an opportunity for Working Groups to meet to discuss the overall themes of the event as they relate to our specific theme areas (in our case, Climate Chagnge) along with other specific activities and directions the working group may want to take. The student researcher, Kim Dohms, who is compiling material from the inventory of ESD projects related to our working groups, also intends to have this material available at this time. This event could provide an excellent opportunity for our Working Group to "springboard" forward.

As such, I've set up a POLL asking who from the Climate Change Theme Area Working Group is planning to attend.  This information will help to determine whether this particular RCE event would work in terms of timing for our working group for this planning type of purpose.

I hope everyone considers this event.  It is sure to be an interesting couple of days.

Kim

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