Santa Cruz Good Times

Friday
Oct 31st
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

A Day of Action

event_ClimateActionDayLocal activists take part in Climate Action Day

Creating international policies to curb climate change is no walk in the park. But that is just what world leaders aim to do this December, when the United Nations Climate Change Conference converges on Copenhagen, Denmark. The goal of the conference is to draft an international resolution that will replace the Kyoto Protocol, which is set to expire in 2012.

Half a world away, here in Santa Cruz, it may be hard to imagine what impact an individual could have on the conference. But according to Micah Posner of People Power, making a difference is simple. All Santa Cruzans have to do is head downtown to the clock tower at 2 p.m. this Saturday to hear speeches from City Supervisor Mark Stone, City Climate Czar Ross Clark and bear witness to the trial of a private automobile.

“We need to empower each other, and stepping up is how that happens,” Posner says. “Coming down and listening to some of the leaders and getting more information is a way to show that you care, but also to help you care. … You’ll realize you’re not alone in taking on responsibility” for curbing climate change. “And it’s going to be fun! We’re going to put a car on trial.”

In Santa Cruz, Posner explains, personal automobile use accounts for 50 percent of all carbon emissions, the only source in the region still climbing. “If we are going to do something about global warming,” he says, “we have got to start driving less.”

The event is only one of four organized in Santa Cruz for the International Day of Climate Action, a worldwide grassroots movement spearheaded by 350.org. Using the mobilizing power of the Web, 350.org has spurred individuals and groups all over the world into action. On Oct. 24, 163 countries will participate in a cumulative 3,769 unique demonstrations of climate change awareness.

The number 350 is significant to the organization’s mission, which is to reduce carbon dioxide levels in the in the Earth’s atmosphere to below 350 parts per million. Currently our atmosphere contains 387 parts per million of carbon dioxide. Symbolic gestures featuring the number will be made across the globe: school children will plant 350 trees in Bangladesh, banners inscribed with the number will be hung on the Easter Island statues and 350 scuba divers will congregate underwater near the Great Barrier Reef. Photographs of these actions will be posted to the 350.org Web site, where all registered events can also be viewed.

In addition to the clock tower car trial, UCSC is holding the seventh annual Practical Activism conference, which will feature spoken word performances, keynote speaker Bettina Aptheker and activism workshops. Not all workshops are related to climate change, however. The conference will be held in the College Nine and College Ten multipurpose room.

The ethos of the 350.org mission may be summed up in the familiar axiom, “Think globally. Act locally,” which has been repeated ad nauseam for decades but still rings true. Reducing auto use takes planning, Posner says. Shopping locally, working locally and planning trips are just a few examples of ways to reduce one’s carbon footprint. It’s a message not just for the leaders planning to meet in Copenhagen, he says.

“It’s for all of us. We need to wake up.”

PRE EVENT WORK PARTIES

Cape and banner-making from 2:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 at People Power, 703 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz. Please bring any supplies you might have to contribute! Contact 425-0665.

 

SATURDAY OCT. 24 THE DAY AT A GLANCE


MORNING
”Hoisting The Sails to 350: An Oceanic Plea for Greenhouse Gas Reduction.” Three boats will set sail with banners displaying boldly the number 350. Bring cameras and media. Gather at the end of the Santa Cruz Wharf with banners and signs to show your support for 350. This will be a great chance to educate the public about climate change. Hang around—main rally march down to the Town Clock Plaza begins from the wharf at 1 p.m. (Organized by Greg Cotten and a City of Santa Cruz: Climate Action Team. For more information, contact (831) 239-6192. Learn more at 30x20.org.)  Time: 11 a.m-12:30 p.m.

AFTERNOON
Rally march begins at 1 p.m. at the Santa Cruz Muinicpal Wharf after the sail boats return to the harbor. The march will be a focal point for the day and help build momentum for the downtown rally. Bring your enthusiasm and 350 signs! The march leaves the wharf then heads down Pacific Avenue to the corner of River Street and Ocean Avenue. It then proceeds to the Town Clock for the main rally at 2 p.m. contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (831) 331-3072.  Initial Gathering Time: Between 12:30 and 1 p.m.

PEOPLE POWER of Santa Cruz kicks off the rally at 2 p.m. and will be staging a peaceful and orderly “Mock Trial” of the private automobile, the largest contributing source of CO2 in our state and county. Presided over by the honorable Fred Keeley (past leader pro tem of the California Senate), sentencing will follow. Cyclists needed to help transport the defendant. To volunteer, call (831) 425-0665. In addition there will be speakers, petition signing and potential information booths all contributing to make the Rally successful in bringing citizen/media attention to International Climate Action Day. (Mark W. Stone, 5th District Supervisor, will be making a guest appearance at the rally.)

EVENING:
Potluck. (Bring your own utensils!) Live music, informative/inspiring presentations, and the film A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitibia, Brazil. For more information, (831) 246-3466.

 

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Jawing

Monterey Bay scientists are working to crack the mysteries of—and dispel the myths about—great whites. But in the highly contentious world of shark experts, there’s a fin line between love and hate

 

Altars of Remembrance, Forgiveness & Rapprochement

We’re in Scorpio now—things mysterious, ageless, hidden, sometimes scary. Friday is Halloween; Saturday, All Saints Day; Sunday, All Soul’s Day. Sunday morning at 2 a.m. (after midnight), Daylight Savings Time ends. Clocks are turned back. Tuesday is the General Election. Our vote is our voice. Each vote matters. Applying freedom of choice—Libra’s teachings. It’s time to build Halloween, All Saints and All Souls altars—with marigolds, pumpkins, sugar skeletons, copal (incense), pomegranates, persimmons, candy corn and cookies, orange and black. It’s so Saturn (now in Scorpio). Saturn is the dweller on the threshold (like St. Peter at the gates of heaven). Saturn can look like a Halloween creature—a gargoyle—a fantastic dragon-like creature protecting sacred sites. The dweller (Saturn) stands at the door or threshold of sacred mysteries, wisdom temples, inner sanctums of churches, offering protection, scaring evil away. The last day of October and first two days of November, when veils between worlds thin and spirits roam about, are times of remembrance, forgiveness, reconciliation and rapprochement. These actions liberate us. At death, when reviewing our lives and the consequences of our actions if we have forgiven, then we are free, less encumbered with grief and sadness. We place forgiveness on our altars. Happy Halloween, everyone! It’s good to dress up as what we’re afraid of. Or whom we would mentor. Then we become one with them. Note to readers: by Thanksgiving I will need a place to live (with purpose). Please contact me if you know of a place where I can rest for awhile. Teach and build community. [email protected] I will be leaving my mother’s home for the last time.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Not Cool

Even Bill Murray’s hipster cred can’t elevate ‘St. Vincent’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Back Nine Grill & Bar

The secrets of remodeling and juicy steak

 

What is Santa Cruz’s biggest eyesore?

David Finn, Santa Cruz, Graduate Student

 

Alberti Vineyards

Looking for some blood-red wine for your Halloween party? Then I have a recommendation for a new brew.

 

Turning Point

New revolving restaurant on the wharf, plus Cafe Ivéta and the last great Jack cheese