Compiled by Danica Real
On Oct. 24, thousands of people in more than 140 countries are planning to take to the streets, parks, forests and oceans to raise awareness for the number 350. According to leading scientists, including James Hansen of NASA, 350 parts per million is the safe upper limit for atmospheric CO2. Worldchanging ally Bill McKibben and other climate activists have deemed Oct. 24 The International Day of Climate Action or 350 Day.
As the current carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are estimated at 390 ppm, we'll need to take strong action to reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide (and by implication, other greenhouse gases) in the atmosphere and to avoid a series of catastrophic climate tipping points.
The world’s leaders will come together this December in Copenhagen to discuss this and other climate issues. But one doesn’t have to wait until December or fly to Copenhagen to let our leaders know that we want and expect change. Get involved with a 350 event near you! Here is our top-ten list of Seattle area 350 events.
350 From The Space Needle
Seattle Center Fountain, 2-5 PM
Join your environmentally-conscious peers in creating a human 350 around the fountain for a photo op to show the world the how dedicated Seattleites are to lowering carbon emissions. This event will also feature live feed of other local 350 day events, speakers on climate change, and of course a little entertainment.
Earth Ministry Gathering
Ballard First Lutheran Church, 2006 NW 65th St., 9:30 AM-1 PM
Join local faith organizations to explore the link between climate change and our food production, transportation and consumption. Get involved in a dialog with Greening Congregations Colleagues about the challenges, concerns, successes and hopes involved in eliminating climate change. Make sure to raid your garden beforehand, as the event will conclude with a potluck lunch dedicated to ingredients produced within 350 miles of Seattle.
Save Mother Earth
853 Lake Washington Blvd., 1-4 PM
Join a group of activists in Madrona Park for a potluck picnic and readings about Mother Earth. Bring your own or your favorite poetry or literature on saving our planet from global warming to share with the group. Participants are asked to decorate their readings with visuals on what makes Mother Earth important to them personally. Be ready to send your readings to President Obama! RSVP here.
Plant a Tree for Humanity
Discovery Park in Magnolia, 10 AM-1 PM
Sustainable Magnolia will be celebrating the International Day of Climate Action by planting 350 trees in Discovery Park. You can help with this event by donating either time or money. Volunteers are needed to help plant the trees on Oct. 24 or you can buy a tree to be planted. They will cost between $3-10. Email 350 [at] sustainablemagnolia [dot] org to volunteer or donate.
Olympic Sculpture Park & Cascadia Work Party
Olympic Sculpture Park, 9 AM-4 PM
Join Cascadia Region Green Building Council and Sustainable Belltown at 9 a.m. to help clean up the park and surrounding area. Then, at noon join in creating a 350 photo to show off your hard work and the beauty of the park. Bring your snorkels, masks, and fins to help this photo put focus on the world’s oceans. RSVP for the work party here. While at the park, you can check out the temporary exhibit, co-created by the Seattle Art Museum and the UW College of the Environment, representing projected sea-level rise on the park’s Z-path.
350 Words or Less
4649 Sunnyside Ave. North, Good Shepard Center, All Day
Sustainable Wallingford will be celebrating the day with readings of stories and poems concerning climate change that are 350 words or less.
World Beats and Urban Streets
348 Kirkland Avenue, 3-11 PM
Environmentalists in Kirkland can head to the Teen Union building for a concert, 350 arts & crafts, a showing of Planet Earth, discussions on global warming and a march through Kirkland.
Magnuson Park Environmental Restoration
Sand Point Way NE & NE 65th street, 10 AM-2 PM
For those of you wanting to get your hands dirty on this day of change, head out to Magnuson Park and join up with EarthCorps. Organizers will be discussing forest structure, native vs. non-native plant species and restoration techniques. Participants are asked to bring closed toe shoes, long pants and a water bottle. Sign up for the event here.
Climate Action at UW
University of Washington Campus, 3-5 PM
Join UW student organizations in their quest for environmental awareness and change with speakers and live music.
Green Lake 350
Green Lake, All Day
Sustainable Green Lake and Sustainable NE Seattle will be working together to host a fun walk around the lake in support of climate action. They are also working to get a few UW student groups involved. After the walk they will be heading over to the Space Needle to participate in the group photo op.