Today in New York was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
As I stood in Times Square and watched images flood in from every corner of the world on the big screens, I finally saw what a climate movement looked like — and it looked diverse and creative and beautiful.
If you haven’t done so already, please send your action pictures to email@example.com so we can share your story–with the media, with world leaders, and with our entire network on our website’s slideshow on the homepage of www.350.org
If you have video from your action, please visit www.350.org/video-upload so we can incorporate it into a final video that sums up the story of this amazing day.
Please head to www.350.org and spend a few minutes watching the pictures. We need you to feel the strength of this movement, and to see how creative and committed this movement is, all across the planet.
It was so sweet to watch the day move around the globe, with thousands upon thousands of pictures appearing, sometimes a dozen a minute! There were photos of climbers high on the glaciers of Switzerland holding 350 banners, of bicycle parades from Copenhagen to San Francisco, of organizers in Papua New Guinea beating their church gong 350 times while churches in Barcelona rang their bells 350 times. Photos of activists protesting coal plants and celebrating wind farms, of students in 350 shirts repairing their flooded homes in Manila, and of thousands of people marching in the streets of Bogota and Kathmandu. Photos of people from different races and classes, religions and nationalities, coming together around a simple and powerful number to save our planet. Thousands took to the streets in Addis Ababa and Mexico City; we had huge parades in places like Togo and Seattle.
You were by far the biggest news story on Google, on CNN, on the front pages of newspapers around the planet. And these pictures were seen around the world, in newspapers from Beijing to Boston, on TV stations from New Delhi to New York, and on blogs, social networks, and websites across the internet.
Together, we’ve shown the world that a global climate movement is possible and set a bold new agenda for the upcoming United Nations Climate Meetings in Copenhagen this December. The 350 target is the new bottom line for climate action and world leaders must now meet that target.
We thought we would be tired after many sleepless nights planning this day, but in fact we’re more energized than ever. We’re preparing to deliver the photos and messages from your events to every national delegation to the United Nations on Monday, and planning to hand the photos to high-level ministers at upcoming climate negotiations in Barcelona and Copenhagen. So if you haven’t uploaded your best pictures from the event yet, please do so right away by sending us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your photos attached, with your City, Country as the subject and the body as the action description.
Thank you more than we can possibly say. We’ll (of course) be asking you to do lots more in the weeks ahead — but today, lean back, relax, look through pictures at 350.org, and savor your accomplishment. You were part of what many journalists called “the most widespread day of political action the world has ever seen.”
Bill McKibben and the whole 350.org Team