Last week I wrote 350 words on 350.org, and mentioned that I was planning to attend a 350.org action in Brunswick on Saturday. Well, I watched it pour Saturday morning and sorta started wishing I hadn’t blogged about it…much easier to chicken out and stay home if no one is waiting for the follow-up! But I was marching with the “diehards” so there was no turning back!
We did have a small discussion about the irony of allowing annoying weather to prevent our attendance at a climate change event. Without appropriate action, annoying weather will be replaced by devastating weather, and getting a little bit wet will be the least of our problems. That thought made it easier (for me) to take a walk in the rain. So here we go…
Here are some of the members of St. Paul’s Earth Care Commission just before the bell ringing! (My parents are third and fourth from the left.) Here is the group’s action report, which you can view with the other photos at the 350.org Flickr Photostream:
“St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Earth Care Commission rang bells at 2:30 in front of the church. We marched to the Unitarian Universalist Church down the street where we joined with their prayer and ringing of their bell. As a joint group, we marched up Maine Street to the First Parish Church, joining with their group as they rang their bell 350 times. The entire group then marched to Bowdoin College where we joined their 350 climate action.”
And here we are in Morrell Lounge, in Smith Union at Bowdoin College, making our 350. I know, it’s hard to see the 350. I’m in there, though, and so are my parents and the rest of their group! This photo was taken by Margot Miller. http://www.flickr.com/photos/350org/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Here are more details about the 350.org event at Bowdoin.
I’m so glad I was invited to participate–I truly enjoyed meeting the members of the Earth Care Commission and spending an hour in the rain with them! The event at Bowdoin reminded us that climate change is also a national security issue. There is a lot at stake, so it’s vital that we keep reminding our senators and representatives how important clean energy is to all of us.
Did you participate in a 350.org action? I’d love to share your photos and experiences, too! Please let us know where you were and what you did!