350 – International Day Of Climate Action In Bend, Oregon

October 24th, 2009

Today I was able to participate in an event that extended beyond our Central Oregon town.  Through the guidance of Bend’s Environmental Center, www.envirocenter.org, people rallied to the top of our only parking structure to show support for the environment.  What is this you might ask?  The 350 website reads:  TODAY, the 24th of October, people in 181 countries came together for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history. At over 5200 events around the world, people gathered to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis.  You can learn more at www.350.org.

All in all, a great time for a great cause.  I really enjoyed talking to Hellen who is a teacher from Kenya.  She gave a speech about her village and the need for environmental action.  Her bracelettes were of interest to me after she explained to me that they actually tell her age, (since there are no birth records kept in the villages where she lives).  In a world where many of us want to remain eternally young she was saying that she always tells people she’s much older to gain respect. Enjoy-