Up and down the length of Chile, environmentally conscious citizens are preparing to participate in a worldwide environmental awareness day on Oct. 10, 2010 (10:10:10).
In Santiago, work parties in Parque Forestal and Parque O’Higgins, both in the city center, will rehabilitate bicycles, collect trash, host talks on climate change, and workshops in recycling, composting and micro-agriculture for an urban environment.
Chile has registered 20 events through 350.orgin schools, homes and municipalities to raise awareness about ways to help Chile reach its ambitious goal of reducing carbon emissions 20% by 2020.
A school on Lago Ranco in southern Chile’s Lakes District has set up a public lesson on carbon emissions, while individual homes in Pisco in the Elqui Valley to the north will be demonstrating the installation of solar heaters. Outside central Santiago, the municipality of San Miguel will plant 100 indigenous trees in its central square.
350, whose team in Santiago has helped organize events, aims to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from the current level of 390 ppm to 350 ppm. A year ago in October 2009, 350 organized 5200 simultaneous rallies around the world, the largest event in history on climate change. This year’s event on 10:10:10 is set to be the biggest climate change event in history.
The events scheduled in Chile and around the world, known as “work parties,” will demonstrate that going green is both fun and feasible on an individual and community level.
With its climatic diversity, pristine landscapes and extensive ice fields, Chile is particularly vulnerable to the effects of global climate change. Abundant alternative energy resources, tough goals set out by the government and an enthusiastic response from people around the country demonstrate a nationwide commitment to protecting Chile’s natural beauty by helping to make a difference on a global scale. Events scheduled in Chile contributed towards an astounding 6,300 planned in 187 countries.
The shift from rallies to worldwide work parties brings the message home that individuals can stop climate change through small changes to their day-to-day lives and increased awareness of reasonable short-term goals. The enthusiastic response to 10:10:10 in Chile demonstrates that people here are eager to make those changes and help reach national and global environmental targets.
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