This Saturday (5th May) sees another day of climate action from 350.org. They’re calling it “Connect the dots”, and as they put it, they want “to put a human face on climate change” with the use of dots – hundreds (or hopefully thousands!) of photos and videos of people holding dots in areas that have already experienced, or are at risk of, climate change.It’s a subtle, but clever campaign. There are already hundreds of examples of the impacts of climate change around our world, but people don’t seem to see that it’s all connected. Hence the idea to ‘Connect the Dots’. After the day of action, the team at 350.org plans to use all the footage they receive from around the world to create a potent call to action, and will “then channel that call directly to the people who need to hear it most.” Hopefully that means the politicians and fossil fuel industry! Want to get involved? There are events planned all over the world and you can sign up here: www.climatedots.org In terms of activities in South Africa specifically, if you’re in Cape Town, you can:
- join the 350.org SA team for breakfast on Lions Head in the morning. (Check out the Facebook event too)
- help create dots and clean up the beach at Sunset Beach.
- be part of the One Person, One Spekboom project at Kommetjie Primary School
If you’re in Durban, you have the option of:
- support the Renewable Energy VS Fossil Fuels Soccer Match at the Moses Madiba Stadium
- attending a talk on the effects of climate change on birds and bird populations in Hillcrest
- help collect Yellowwood seeds in the Stainbank Nature Reserve
Gauteng-dwellers can get involved in:
- join Food & Trees for Africa and the learners of the KwaBhekilanga Secondary School in Alexandra develop a sustainable permaculture food garden (on May 3)
- attend a sustainable energy presentation in Florida.
Elsewhere in the country:
- go vegetable gardening in Grahamstown at St Mary’s School
- join an Umgeni River Walk in Howick
- help plant trees in Scottburgh
If you’re planning to attend any of these, or simply to hold up your own dot to raise awareness, please let me know in the comments and feel free to send me pics which I will send on to the 350.org SA team for you.