At the end of a day during which I, dishearteningly, saw no sign of Moving Planet other than those that I deliberately sought out, and in which nobody I spoke to had heard of Moving Planet, I’ve received the following email from Bill McKibben. Usual story, I’m asked to forward this by email, but I don’t do the forward the email thing. Well, not much 🙂 Instead, here’s a copy/ paste along with the hope that, this time, it really is the start of something big. Because if it isn’t, well, time marches on, and there’s lots of noise but no sign of change. Not in my neck of (what’s left of) the woods, anyway.
I’ve just come from the Moving Planet celebration here in San Francisco, California — it was great fun watching people converge on skateboard and bike and kayak from around this beautiful city. It’s even more fun back here at the crowded, noisy 350 office, hunched over my laptop and watching pictures stream in from absolutely everywhere.
You can see lots more images on the Moving Planet website — the slideshow on the front page is not to be missed. People got moving for bold climate action in every corner of the earth today: from the massive crowds at major cities throughout the USA to the human flood in Cairo, Egypt to bike parades and rallies and protests and teach-ins all over the world.
If you have photos from the big day, please send them as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org (only one per email, see additional instructions here), and if you have video you can upload it here. Our 350.org team is pulling together a global mosaic of images and videos to deliver to world leaders and share with our network, and we want to make sure everyone can see what you’ve been up.
I’m tired, but I’m not sure I’ll sleep tonight — thanks to many of you, there are just too many pictures to look at, too many great stories to read. This growing movement put the planet in motion today. It will take a lot of work in the future to keep it moving, but for now just relax, and savor the wonder and joy of this incredible day.
Bill McKibben for the 350.org Team