Getting to work on October 10th

10:10 has joined forces with 350.org – who last year pulled off 5,200 climate protests in 181 countries – to coordinate the biggest-ever day of local climate action on 10th October 2010 (10:10:10, get it?).

With six months still to go, 800+ Work Parties have so far been registered, including bike repair workshops in San Francisco, school insulating teams in London, waste-land-to-veggies-gardeners in Dunedin (NZ) and solar panel insulators in Kenya. National broadcasters in two major countries are producing films about the day, with others still considering.

solar panels

Not coincidentally, 10:10:10 is 10 weeks before the world's politicians meet again in Mexico to try to finalise the new climate deal they failed to make in Copenhagen.

350's founder, Bill McKibben, says: "By getting to work in our communities, we can demand that our so-called leaders get to work in their parliaments, palaces and congresses". 10:10's founder, Franny Armstrong, says: "Enough protest marches, enough banners, enough websites. Let's roll up our sleeves and start solving the problem, all together. If we wait till the politicians get their act together, it will be too late."

See the video of the Estonia "Country Clear-Up" for inspiration - or the barnraising scene in Harrison Ford's Witness. It'll be just like that, all over the world... except the women won't be only making lemonade or sewing…