350.org International Climate Action Day in the Hilltowns (Oct. 24th, 2009)

Join us on October 24th in Cummington, MA!

Join other hilltown families on October 24th in Cummington, MA for 350. International Climate Action Day!

Amy Pulley of Cummington, MA writes:

Dear Friends,

Save the date! Spread the word! October 24th is the 350.org International Climate Action Day. Come be part of our local action at Warner Farm (4 Porter Hill Road) in Cummington, MA from 2:00 pm on into the evening.

  • Ongoing from 2pm – 350 Neighbors slide show and photo display in the big beautiful Warner Farm barn. We still need about 200 more photos to reach our 350 goal! Bring your photos of native local plants and animals to the Old Creamery and send them by e-mail to wsrw@verizon.net to enter them in the slide show. Go to the hilltownsustainability.org website to preview the slide show. Call Amy at the Old Creamery with questions.
  • Ongoing from 2pm – Community Cider pressing! There will be 4 cider presses available. Bring your locally harvested apples (no spray preferred) and your own containers to take home your fresh-pressed cider!
  • 3pm – Group photo with 350 written in apples to send to legislators.
  • 6pm – Local and wild foods potluck. All welcome.
  • Throughout the afternoon and evening – Bonfire to warm us. Local musicians to sing to and with us. Weed walk.

Other events to be announced. If you have ideas, please come on Wed. Oct. 7th, 2009 to the sustainability meeting (7:30pm at the Village Congregational Church in Cummington, MA) to add them to the mix. More info coming.

5 Comments on “350.org International Climate Action Day in the Hilltowns (Oct. 24th, 2009)

  1. 11am-12Noon – Saturday, October 24th in Northampton, MA

    N’hampton Climate Action!‏

    Join us this Saturday, October 24 for a rally celebrating the International Day of Climate Action in front of 1st Churches in downtown Northampton from 11-12. There will be live music, speakers, kids’ activities, a graffiti wall, informational tables and a free bike repair workshop. We’ll then gather for a group photo and ringing of the church bells at noon.

    The event—one of more than 4,200 rallies in more than 170 nations—is coordinated by 350.org to urge world leaders to take fast and effective action on global warming. This is the first global campaign ever organized around a scientific data point: 350 parts per million CO2 is the safe upper limit for the atmosphere according to the latest scientific data.

    If it rains, the program will be held inside First Churches.


    11 a.m. – Brown Bird – Soak in the rootsy Americana of this amazing Rhode Island band.* See them working their magic by clicking here.

    11:30 a.m. – Speakers – Hear how we can empower our community to take on the challenges posed by climate change. Confirmed speakers include:

    * Jo Comerford, Executive Director of the National Priorities Project
    * Molly Hale, Organizer with Northampton’s 350 Clotheslines
    * Damaris Miller, Co-President of Northampton High School’s Environmental Club

    12:00 a.m. – Group Photo/Bell Ringing – We will wrap up the day’s events by gathering all participants for a group photo with the number 350 prominently displayed accompanied by a ringing of the church bells 35 times This photo, along with thousands from all across the world, will be sent to global leaders, members of the UN, and anyone involved in negotiations, as a direct sign from the people of the world that we are demanding action at the climate treaty negotiations in Copenhagen in December. These photos will also be displayed on a huge screen in Times Square.


    Throughout the event there will be:

    * Free Bike Repair Workshop – Local heroes, the Pedal People, will be on hand for anyone wanting to learn more and/or share what they know about basic bike maintenance and repairs.
    * Kids’ Activities – Carol Boyer, a teacher at Jackson St. School, will work with kids asking them what they love most in the world and help them make paper plate puppets based on their favorites. The kids can put them on display or take them home with them and Carol will help talk them through what they drew and why.
    * Knowledge Wall – Sita Magnuson will employ her graphic arts gifts to create a “knowledge wall” that she and everyone who joins us can fill with kids’ art, facts, ideas about how you can save energy and conserve resources. Biodegradable
    * Video/Turbine Petitions – Students from Smith College will be recording and sending YouTube video petitions to President Obama, the United States Senate, and the Environmental Protection Agency to ask them to effectively address climate change. There will be an 8-foot wind turbine prop people can sign that will be delivered to Sen. Kerry before he goes to Copenhagen for the climate treaty negotiations. Students will also be handing out solutions and statistics about climate change for the community. See below for info about Smith’s 350 action taking place later on Saturday!
    * Informational Tables – There will be tabling by local organizations with information about services they provide to make your life greener. Participants TBA.


    2-4 p.m. – Chapin Lawn (Campus Center if it rains) – What is 350 ppm anyway? Led by MassPIRG, students will hand out information about Climate Change and what you can do about it. To show your support, have your picture taken and added to the thousands that will be posted on 350.org.

    3:50 p.m. – Campus-Wide – Campus Bells will ring 350 times! Listen for the bells at 3:50 signaling the importance of the day, and calling the entire campus community together for a photograph on Chapin Lawn (Campus Center if it rains).

    4 p.m. – Chapin Lawn (Campus Center if it rains) – Campus Photograph Join thousands worldwide in taking group photographs to show their support and urge world leaders to formulate an international climate action plan that targets 350 parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere. Wear Green!

    * Be sure to come out and support BROWN BIRD when they play at The Basement (21 Center St., Northampton) with a full band the night before!! Show starts at 8.


    Northampton 350 is a loose group of Northampton residents working to raise awareness of the need to set the CO2 target of any meaningful climate change treaty to 350ppm. To contact us, please write noho350@gmail.com.

  2. 12Noon – Saturday, October 24th in Ashfield, MA

    Join us for “Compost 350” *(Part of International Day of Climate Action – 350.org)

    Date: Oct. 24, 2009 at 12:00 NOON
    Place: Ashfield Town Common
    Bring: Empty 5-gallon bucket(s)

    We’ll fill the buckets with compost from Bear Path Farm, Whately, MA.

    Then we’ll line ‘em up in shape of “350” and photograph them from up high in the Town Hall.

    You take your bucket(s) of compost home after the photo shoot.

    We post the picture on 350.org (see the web site at http://www.350.org)

    *What’s this all about?

    “Compost 350” is part of International Day of Climate Action, October 24. 2009. Our photo of compost buckets will be one of thousands of 350 images shown to world leaders getting ready for the climate change summit in Coppenhagen (December 2009). We’re showing our global leaders that we care about climate change and we want to do something about it.

    “350” stands for 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere which scientists say is the safe limit for humanity.

  3. 10am – Saturday, October 24th in Williamstown, MA

    International Day of Climate Action: Word Play Power Day Williamstown, MA

    Elementary School on Saturday October 24th, 10AM-1PM

    Use the power of words to work toward saving energy and addressing climate change on the International Day of Climate Action (www.350.org). Join us and: make a climate passport with Storey Publishing, read a nature poem with Inkberry, write a letter & make a pledge, see a Zip Car from Williams College, create a project from recycled textiles with local author/artist Crispina Ffrench, visit with
    Kidspace of MASS MoCA and Wild Oats Community Market to have fun with local food, experience energy efficiency and renewable energy technology, take part in a bike safety clinic with the Williamstown Police Dept. participate in a tasting of fresh, local water enjoy music by Trophy Husbands don’t miss a visit from Senator Benjamin Downing …and much more. All welcome – for all ages! Students who
    participate will receive a free stainless steel water bottle. Pumpkin carving, and scholastic book fair will also be taking place. Stop in the gymnasium to have a bit to eat at the Cape Code Cafe!

  4. 9:30am – Saturday, October 24th in Greenfield, MA

    Will Flanders writes:


    This Saturday people all over the world will take a stand for a safe climate future. This is a great opportunity to take action with other creative, fun people in your community-and across the globe.

    Spearheaded by Post Carbon Institute (www.postcarbon.org) Fellow Bill McKibben, http://www.350.org, is challenging the world to respond to the climate crisis-creatively-and inspire a sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.

    The focus is on the number 350 – as in 350 parts per million of CO2 in our atmosphere – the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit. But 350 is more than a number-it’s a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.

    This December, world leaders will meet in Copenhagen, Denmark to craft a new global treaty on cutting emissions. The problem is, the treaty currently on the table doesn’t meet the severity of the climate crisis-it doesn’t pass the 350 test. So, on October 24, 2009, people, families, communities, the media, and political leaders will unite behind the 350 goal in a planetary day of action.

    Locally – there will be a Climate Action Carnival at Greenfield High School, from 9:30am – 2:30pm. There will be an opening ceremony, music, games, contests, are projects, and interactional booths for various products and services and Free Ice Cream!

    At 1:00pm, there will be speakers focused on the Copenhagen conference. At the end of the Carnival, all participants will parade to the GSH football field to form a gigantic 350 as our commitment to protecting our planet and joining with citizens from over 116 countries who have pledged to take action on this day. Costumes, bikes, etc. depicting “350” are encouraged!

    (The text for this message was taken almost verbatim from information received from http://www.postcarbon.org and http://www.350greenfieldma@gmail.com. Check these websites and http://www.350.com for more information on the 350 movement.)

    I hope to see you there!

    Will Flanders

    Will Flanders, President
    Central Connecticut River Valley Institute, Inc.
    7 School Street
    Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts 01370

  5. thanks HF for all of the links & events i find out about, right here! happy fall–

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