This past September 24th 2011 was 350.org's moving planet day. Marketed as "A day to move beyond fossil fuels", moving planet was a truly global event with over 2000 events in 175 different countries. Here in Telluride, some community members gathered early Saturday morning at society turn with pickets in hand to ride into town to stir up traffic a little bit and share the movement with those people driving into town that day. On the record, TNCC along with the Wilkinson Public Library and University Centers of San Miguel held an event at the Wilkinson Public Library for concerned citizens looking to join the discussion about climate change. The meeting started out with a brief overview from the recently completed Greenhouse Gas Inventory recently completed by TNCC in order to share with the community exactly what the emission levels are for our region, and how we are contributing to the current 391 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere. Next there was a screening of Russel Evens' movie, previously screened at MountainFilm 2011, made by students of Montrose High School about their 350.org day initiatives. Participants were then asked to pick one action from a list of simple actions individuals can take in order to reduce their energy use. In total, 18 people pledged to take some action including avoiding the use of single use products, buying unpackaged and unprocessed foods, install better insulated window coverings and blinds, and most importantly to engage neighbors and the larger community. The meeting concluded with a screening of another MountainFilm movie "Chasing Waters" made by National Geographic photographer Peter McBride.
Also, for more on the regional Greenhouse Gas Inventory join us for the October GBR entitled: "Pieces to A Puzzle: Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Climate Action Plan, & Multi-Modal Transportation" On October 7th at 8:30 AM at WPL.
And Always, to join the global climate change movement you can visit http://www.moving-planet.org/350