10/10/10 Global Work Day

Last year on October 24th, 350.org , a group led by Middlebury’s own Bill McKibben and founded by 7 Middlebury graduates held what CNN called the “most widespread day of political action in the planet’s history.”  People pleaded with their elected officials in over 5000 events, asking them to work to approach this target of 350 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Midd students with their bounty after gleaning

With the failure of the negotiations in Copenhagen this past January, it became clear to climate activists worldwide that this fight was not over yet.  This Sunday marked350.org‘s next day of action- the 10/10/10 Global Work Party. Instead of just petitioning the governments of the world, participants got to work planting trees, working in gardens, installing solar panels, and doing hundreds of other activities.  With over 7,347 events in 188 countries, the event was an incredible success.

At Middlebury, the Sunday Night Group, Middlebury’s environmental group, planned several events including gleaning of 483 pounds of beets for local food shelves, Long Trail maintenance work, and canvassing of Addison county.