CicLAvia happens to fall on 10/10/10 — a “Global Work Party” day of climate action loosely coordinated by environmental organization 350.org, which has green activists around the world holding both fun and serious events aimed at pushing policymakers to address climate change. This means that eco-friendly parties are planned not just around CicLAvia — but all over L.A. and around the world tomorrow. Here are my top picks for how you can celebrate:
- If you’re at CicLAvia, join the Rally to Kick Coal and Oil Out of Los Angeles. Organized by Green LA, Sierra Club, 350.org, Greenpeace, and other environmental organizations, the event will urge the City of Los Angeles to move toward cleaner energy sources. The rally begins at 12:30 pm on the south lawn of Los Angeles City Hall at the corner of Main and First in downtown Los Angeles.
- In Culver City, take The Plastic Bag Challenge. Described as a “Community Think-Tank,” the event will tackle plastic pollution with educational discussions, kids activities, and even performance art! Take plastic bags you have laying around the house or littering your neighborhood to the event to create a plastic chain; contributing 10 or more bags gets you a free reusable bag. That event happens from 2 pm – 3:30 pm in front of Culver City City Hall at 9770 Culver Blvd.
- In Venice, there’s the 100 Mile Meal. Cook up a potluck item (enough to serve 8) using as many local ingredients as possible, create a label showing off your locavoring prowess, and write down your recipe to share with fellow potluckers. Then take your food and labels — along with your own dishes, cutlery, and water container for a zero waste meal — to enjoy with fellow locavores. The meal begins at 12:30 pm at The Learning Garden at Venice High School at Venice Blvd. and Walgrove Ave.
- And in Santa Monica, join The Daily Ocean beach cleanup. This event isn’t listed on the 350.org website — because I and my friend Sara Bayles, who is picking up trash from Santa Monica beaches 20 minutes a day for 365 non-consecutive days and blogging about her feat at The Daily Ocean, have planned it last minute. Sara and I organized a Blogger Beach Cleanup for 350.org’s International Day of Climate Action on Oct. 4, 2009 — so returning to the beach for 350.org’s Global Work Party is like an eco-reunion for us. We’ll be collecting enough trash to write out “350″ with the garbage on the sand — and you’re invited to help us out. Meet at Santa Monica beach at Ocean Park, between lifeguard stations 26 and 27 at 5:45 pm to join us!
Don’t quite understand what the Global Work Party is all about? LA Times’ article events describes green leader Bill McKibben’s hopes for the event along with details on a few local events, NY Times’ Green blog offers a national and international perspective on how the events are intended to push policymakers to address climate change, and NPR speaks with organizers from the three largest carbon emitting countries in the world.
Photo of volunteers at the Blogger Beach Cleanup on the International Day of Climate Action in Oct. 2009 on Santa Monica beach by Bryan Koch