September 24 is Moving Day – for the whole planet.
“Moving Planet – A Day to Move beyond Fossil Fuels” is the latest international day of action sponsored by 350.org, a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Founded by author Bill McKibben, the organization takes its name from the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that scientists believe is the safe limit for humanity (350 parts per million or ppm; we are currently at 391 ppm). The organization has spearheaded various events since 2007, including Step It Up, An International Day of Climate Action and 10/10/10 Global Work Party.
According to Justin Haaheim, 350.org’s state coordinator, the Connecticut event “will celebrate the rich diversity of tangible, effective ways we are addressing climate change and moving beyond fossil fuels in their communities and across the state.” Although small events are being planned throughout various communities, the focal point of the day will be a gathering in New Haven.
The central event will feature a Critical Mass bike ride leaving from New Haven Green from 4-5 p.m., a Rally on the Green including a celebration of the work of local communities and organizations, a discussion with local and state leaders and group photo from 5-7 p.m. and a screening of the movie Wall-e powered by bicycles on the Green from 8-10 p.m.
We encourage Clean Energy Task Forces to organize an event in their own community and join the main rally in New Haven, if possible. The local events provide an opportunity to promote simple climate solutions for consumers, including having a Home Energy Solutions assessment and undertaking energy efficiency upgrades, signing up for CTCleanEnergyOptions or installing a renewable energy system and pursuing alternate means of transportation such as telecommuting, carpooling, mass transit and bicycling.
So … what’s in the box?
To publicize the event, the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority has helped to produce an innovative communications device, the origami Buzzboxä. This new medium was designed by Jon Gorham, chair of the Woodbridge Clean Energy Task Force, a Connecticut Climate Change Leadership honoree and long-time eco-entrepreneur.
A set of three “nesting” boxes, precut and pre-folded will be distributed free of charge to interested Clean Energy Task Forces and environmental groups. The device is intended to be an effective conversation starter to make people aware of the event and its significance to all of us. It incorporates a QR-bar code that takes smart phone users directly to the Moving Planet web site. In addition, a downloadable PDF that can be printed off on 110# card stock will be made available free of charge. There is even a video that describes the simple assembly process: www.yourbuzzbox.com/assembly
To obtain a set of Buzzboxes, we have set up distribution centers in Hartford, Rocky Hill, New Haven, Woodbridge and Fairfield. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a pickup of your set of materials.
Time to get moving!
Director, Energy Market Initiatives