Moving Planet Day
September 24, 2011
24 September is Moving Planet Day, an international day of action, highlighting the need for the world to move beyond fossil fuels and look to renewable energy sources. It is an event organized by members of .350.org, Oxfam, the World Council of Churches, Greenpeace and Global Exchange.
The goals of this day of action, and the member organisations are
- Science-based policies to get us back to 350ppm
- A rapid, just transition to zero carbon emissions
- Mobilizing funding for a fair transition to a 350ppm world
- Lifting the rights of people over the rights of polluters
Whether or not one agrees entirely with these goals, this year, the theme for the day was an admirable one – ‘Get Moving’. Events were held in places as diverse as Sulalmani Iraq, Ho Chi Minh City and Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania; many people on bikes demonstrating better ways to ‘get moving’ than relying on oil-fueled vehicles. From the images I’ve looked at, there was a huge amount of positivity and hope shared across the world.
Yesterday, two friends and I, ‘got moving’ – riding our bikes from outside Smithton to Burnie along the Bass Highway. The day sparkled (the weather perhaps affirming our decision to ride a hefty 90kms on a Saturday afternoon across Tasmania), and I wish I could show you, kind reader, the images of the sapphire-coloured water, shimmering green grass and fields of tulips like rainbows caught on the earth. Alas, I was too taken feasting my eyes on such images to get my camera out of my backpack and attempt to capture them.
After arriving home, elated and pooped, we went into entertaining mode and hosted a very relaxing Moving Planet day celebratory low-carbon emission dinner (bio-dynamic Tassie grape juice, Kindred-grown quinoa, local dirt-covered carrots).
http://moving-planet.org – some fantastic photos to be seen from Moving Planet Day 2011