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Crank it Down!

Time: October 24, 2009 from 1pm to 4pm
Location: Farmer's Market and Boundary Bay Beer Garden
City/Town: Bellingham
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Event Type: party, and, awareness, raising
Organized By: Katie Fleming and Rick Dubrow
Latest Activity: Oct 23, 2009

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Crank it Down, Bellingham!

Transition Whatcom is joining up with RE-Sources for Sustainable Communities for this event in Bellingham, which is joining thousands of other cities on October 24 for an international day of climate action and we need your help.

Meet us at 1:00 in front of Boundary Bay Brewery for a group photo, an 80's dance extravaganza and an 80's-themed party in the Boundary Bay Beer Garden (1:30-4), with DJ Fundi and $3.50 pints.

Dancers needed for the 1pm breakout,

This event is one of thousands around the world, calling for an aggressive carbon reduction plan to get the planet back to 350 ppm (parts per million). Since we haven't seen that number since the 1980's, Bellinghamsters are grabbing their leg warmers and hightops, ratting our bangs and puttin' on the blue eye shadow to make a point: We need real solutions to this real problem.

Groups from around the world are organizing similar creative events as they participate in the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet's history. Every event will highlight the number 350--and people will gather at some point for a big group photo depicting that all important message. At, all the photos will be assembled for a gigantic, global, visual petition.

The thousands of events on October 24 will drive 350 and all that it represents into the human imagination, and change the negotiating environment as we head towards the crucial UN Climate Negotiations in Copenhagen in December of 2009. Copenhagen may well be the pivotal moment that determines whether or not we get the planet out of the climate crisis, and your actions on October 24 will help our leaders realize we need a real solution that pays attention to the science.

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About is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis--the solutions that science and justice demand.

Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis-to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.

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

To tackle climate change we need to move quickly, and we need to act in unison-and 2009 will be an absolutely crucial year. 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.

In order to unite the public, media, and our political leaders behind the 350 goal, we're harnessing the power of the internet to coordinate a planetary day of action on October 24, 2009. We hope to have actions at hundreds of iconic places around the world - from the Taj Mahal to the Great Barrier Reef to your community - and clear message to world leaders: the solutions to climate change must be equitable, they must be grounded in science, and they must meet the scale of the crisis.

If an international grassroots movement holds our leaders accountable to the latest climate science, we can start the global transformation we so desperately need.

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Comment by peggy borgens on October 13, 2009 at 9:11pm
would love to be there also but will be sleeping between night shifts.
this is really important to me as you can see by the message i have for the large amount of air traffic i get over my house.....
Comment by Rev. Meredith Ann Murray on October 13, 2009 at 1:16pm
The Saturday Crank It Down event sounds like such fun! I wish I could be in two places at once. I have a weekend workshop with Excellence NW, so will not be able to attend. Thanks, David!

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