2010 was a bittersweet year—truly the worst of times and the best. From the floods that drowned Pakistan to the fires that choked Moscow, we got a glimpse of the stakes in this struggle.
But, just as importantly, we got to see the movement to save our climate gain power, and watched the forces of hope gathering momentum. Here’s a roundup of what we all did together this year.
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June 26th—Two months after BP’s oil rig began to spew, people joined hands at over 900 beaches around the world to stand in solidarity with those suffering in the Gulf of Mexico, and to call for a clean energy future.Next →
Ola, an Iraqi youth organizer who stood alone outside the Gate of Ishtar last year, became an Internet sensation, and was featured on the homepage of Youtube, generating over 150,000 views and a massive wave of buzz for 10/10/10.← Previous Next →
This movement isn’t just powered by YouTube and Facebook and Twitter. 350.org has hosted a a series of climate leadership workshops around the world the past three years, especially in far-flung places where Internet access is rare—places that don’t normally get a lot of attention in the global climate fight.
This year, we coordinated workshops in Fiji (for youth across the Pacific—including Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Nauru, Fiji, New Zealand and Cook Islands), Bolivia, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Dominican Republic, Armenia, West Bengal—India, & two in Turkey (one for local Turks and the other included participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, & Mongolia.)← Previous Next →
It’s not just world governments that are competing to win the clean energy race—students are getting in on the action too.
2010 saw the launch, and viral spread, of the Great Power Race—a clean energy competition between students in China, India and the United States. By December 2010, 1,000 campuses from across all three countries were involved in the race, and winners were announced at the Cancun climate summit. As participants in the race are fond of saying: “Our parents' generation raced for the Moon—our generation will race for the Earth.”← Previous Next →
If you’re one of the 4 million+ people who watch the Late Show with David Letterman every night, then you probably saw 350.org founder Bill McKibben make a great guest appearance.
It’s worth the watch, especially to hear Letterman say at the very end, “Thank you Bill, for just scaring the crap out of me.”← Previous Next →
We partnered with Unity College and Sungevity to take an ex-White House solar panel down from Maine and deliver it to President Obama, with the request to put a fresh set of solar panels back on the White House. Newsweek called it a “No Brainer.”
After building momentum along the way and building buzz across the USA, we managed to score a meeting with the White House. That first meeting was bitterly disappointing, the White House basically said, “No thanks.” They wouldn’t take the panel, or even pose for a picture. But the next chapter was a bit more hopeful...← Previous Next →
A month after the Solar Road Trip, the news came through: they said YES! The Obama administration announced that they will put solar back on the White House in 2011.
Solar panels on one house, even this house, won’t save the climate, of course. But they will be a powerful symbol for the nation about the direction we need to take.← Previous Next →
10/10/10: the Global Work Party, was the the most widespread climate action of 2010 by far—and the biggest mass mobilization in history. Countless people joined over 7,000 work projects, in 188 countries (just about every single nation took part, except North Korea). Watch the wrap-up video for a glimpse of this beautiful, inspiring day.
10/10/10 was proof that the movement to save our world is stronger than ever—and that whenever you set out to raise the 350 flag in your community, a global family has your back.← Previous Next →
350 EARTH was the first global art project so big it needed to be photographed from space. From the deserts of Egypt, to the glaciers of Iceland, tens of thousands of people came together to creative MASSIVE works of climate art.← Previous Next →
At the end of 2010, the world’s ambassadors flocked to Cancún to make progress on a fair, ambitious, and binding global climate treaty. 350.org was there in force, spreading the message about the science of 350ppm and the global movement that can get us there.
Most of all: we stood in solidarity with the countries on the very frontlines of the climate crisis—like tiny island nations facing the immediate threat of sea level rise. The 350 global community shared over 5,000 messages of solidarity on Facebook, which we passed on to the delegates who are fighting to keep 350ppm in the treaty.← Previous Next →