Though last year's event on the International Day of Climate Action were big, the number of groups participating in this year's Global Work Party have already surpassed those. Photo: 350.org/Creative Commons
With just nine days left until 350.org's Global Work Party on 10/10/10, in case you need a little push off the fence into participating--you can find an event near you here --check out some of the really pretty events happening around the world. Even if you end up taking part in isn't quite a grand or quirky as these, know you'll be in great company:
In downtown Tokyo, sumo wrestlers will be cycling to practice.
In Namibia, an education center out in the Namib Desert will be installing six solar panels.
On the tiny island of Nauru, the smallest nation talking part, divers will be cleaning up their coral reefs.
Barack Obama and the Secret Service may not want solar panels on the roof of the White House, but on the other side of the globe, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives will installing solar panels on his roof--kicking off the the week of action on October 7.
In San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico students will be distributing solar power lights to families still without homes four months after Hurricane Alex hit in June. To the south, the Mayor of Mexico City will sign a commitment to reduce the city's emissions 10% in a single year, of which city government itself will be responsible for half.
More symbolically, 100 cyclists from Jordan, Israel and Palestine will be biking from the Yarmouk River and the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea to highlight the cooperation needed in managing the region's precious water resources and combat climate change.
Technological changes play a big part in combatting climate change, and on 10/10/10 two of the most poignant examples of that are: 850 universities in China, India, and the US will join in the Great Power Race clean energy competition; and, in Barbados, a group of young people will demonstrate a hovercraft they've built which is powered by fuel cells.
But even partying can be effective: In Edinburgh, a local bar has agreed to put 20% of its extra revenue on 10/10/10 into energy efficiency improvements. The more customers drink, the more money allocated.
More on these events: Top 10 Global Events
All in all, as of yesterday morning, there are 5,249 Work Parties going on around the globe, with only 14 nations so far not participating, eclipsing last year's events on 10/24.
There's still time to start your own event, if you can't find one near you that strikes your fancy. Want to start an event but need some more inspiration: Idea For Your 10/10 Work Party.
And, if you know anyone in Cape Verde, Dominica, East Timor, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Micronesia, Monaco, Burma, Sao Tome and Principe, San Marino, or Suriname that can be recruited into holding an event, 305.org has some advice to help convince them: 350.org/missing
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