On October 24, Normanites joined the International Day of Climate Action, taking part in one of more than 5200 events in 181 countries. The Day was organized by 350.org, an international campaign to reduce the carbon in earth’s atmosphere to less than 350 parts per million, which many scientists have identified as a safe upper limit to avoid disastrous climate change.
Below are photos and a write-up of the event by VOK Board Vice-President Mary Francis:
Everything went according to plan. We enjoyed a sunny Fall day in the 60s with our Mayor Cindy Rosenthal speaking about what Norman was doing to become more environmentally friendly and City Programs designed to conserve energy. Mary Francis presented a short talk on “Why 350?” with info about the Copenhagen Summit.
Over fifty businesses, groups and community leaders signed onto our endorsement list. Only one business refused because the owner didn’t think that climate change was a problem.
We had a couple from Kansas (which had no 350 event) and Professor Steve Breerwood and 2 students from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha staffed the “Write Your Congress Critter” table, which generated 18 handwritten letters and postcards to Senators James Inhofe and Tom Coburn and Representative Tom Cole.
Asia Scudder spoke about her research on Water Issues. Native Roots Market had a huge “350 or Bust” on its a outdoor advertizing board. We had donations for drawings and bike prizes from Native Roots Market, Freebirds World Burrito, Centaurus Technologies & Innovations, and the Pink Elephant Cafe. Also sponsoring were the Norman Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the Cleveland County Democratic Party.
Our Best Decorated Bike belonged to a Social Justice organizer, Ed Kearns, who regularly rides an adult tricycle because he is legally blind.
Tate James, founder of the Bike Clinic, lead the Bike Ride and Chris Applegate of OUrEARTH provide most of the signage. Ajit Bhand, founder of Norman Fair Trade, was our photographer and Gene Perry staffed the sign-in and drawings for prizes. Organizers were Mary Francis, Asia Scudder, Diane Vanlandingham, Nina Flannery, Casey Holcomb, and Chris Applegate.
This was a wonderful day of education and action!