Don't Just Simmer, Get Busy Getting to 350

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The dog days of summer are over. For many, it was one of the hottest summers in recent memory. Arctic ice is thinning at an alarming rate. Environmental catastrophes from dirty energy continue to happen.

And yet, climate skeptics and dirty-energy lobbyists have been working harder than ever to distort and delay. Needless to say, the U.S. government failed to adopt a sensible and effective climate and energy policy.With the country's voters getting ready to decide on the make-up of a new Congress in November, now is the time to get serious and do something about climate change. Spearheaded by, there is a worldwide call to action on 10/10/10 known as "Global Work Day," in which activists, allies, and anyone concerned about our planet's future will walk the talk on climate solutions and ask our leaders to do the same.

On October 10, people from all walks of life and all parts of the world will be incorporating some sort of climate solution into their lives. Organic farming, solar panel installations, bike ride get-togethers, tree plantings—all the different types of Global Work Day events on October 10 will send a strong signal to world leaders that they need to do the same. At this writing, more than 2,200 events are planned in nearly 150 countries.

There are already events set up across the country. Join one today. If you want to create your own, check out this handy 10-step guide (pdf) to help organize an event. And host your own 10/10/10 event.

If the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, this July's million-gallon oil pipeline spill in Michigan, and the billion-gallon coal ash spill in Tennessee in 2008 made you angry, this is your day to do something about it. If you feel like Congress isn't listening, this is the chance to be heard.

Celebrate a community harvest. Ditch your car for the day and organize a parade, a walk, or a bike ride through your town to highlight how people can reduce their oil use. Invite a local bike shop to do free bike tune-ups, and hand out materials showing how people can make smart choices to reduce their oil dependency. As author, climate activist, and founder Bill McKibben puts it: "Get mad. Then get busy."

Scientists say that 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere is the safe limit for humanity. Learn more about 350—what it means, where it came from, and how to get there. And do your part on 10/10/10.

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