350.org’s Worldwide Invitation to Global Work Party on 10/10/10

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Many San Diego Events Listed Below

From the 350.org website:
Dear World,

It’s been a tough year: in North America, oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico; in Asia some of the highest temperatures ever recorded; in the Arctic, the fastest melting of sea ice ever seen; in Latin America, record rainfalls washing away whole mountainsides.

So we’re having a party.

Circle 10/10/10 on your calendar. That’s the date. The place is wherever you live. And the point is to do something that will help deal with global warming in your city or community.

We’re calling it a Global Work Party, with emphasis on both ‘work’ and ‘party’. In Auckland, New Zealand, they’re having a giant bike fix-up day, to get every bicycle in the city back on the road. In the Maldives, they’re putting up solar panels on the President’s office. In Kampala, Uganda, they’re going to plant thousands of trees, and in Bolivia they’re installing solar stoves for a massive carbon neutral picnic.

Since we’ve already worked hard to call, email, petition, and protest to get politicians to move, and they haven’t moved fast enough, now it’s time to show that we really do have the tools we need to get serious about the climate crisis.

Bill McKibben and the folks at 350.org have been instrumental in getting the White House and president Obama involved in the fight to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by putting solar panels back on the roof of the White House. President Carter installed a set of panels in 1979 only to have them removed by President Reagan a few years later.

“The White House did the right thing, and for the right reasons: they listened to the Americans who asked for solar on their roof, and they listened to the scientists and engineers who told them this is the path to the future,” said Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org. “If it has anything like the effect of the White House garden, it could be a trigger for a wave of solar installations across the country and around the world.”

What’s going on in the San Diego area? Check out the long list below and get involved. I’m really proud of  the San Diego area for getting so involved. If you plan to attend or did attend any of these events please leave a comment and let us know about it!

For more info on any of these events, click on the title link above each one.

New Life for an Old Olive Grove

10 October 2010 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Event Organizer
Wren O
Next to our place in El Cajon, San Diego County, an acre of land has a small olive grove on a part of it. It’s a remnant of the early olive groves in El Cajon Valley. The trees are alive and producing, but aren’t at their optimum. We want to give new life to the trees.

Here are some tasks that need doing: cutting back suckers, removing sumac bushes, gathering olives on the ground, pulling or cutting unwanted growth on the ground, mulching around the trees, fertilizing, and watering.

The owner is offering the use of the land for the development of a community garden. At this point, the sprucing up of the olive trees is a first step to that goal.

After the work is done we’ll have a Celebration Party.

1151 Pine Drive (This is the PO address of our house, not the property. Our house is not physically on Pine Drive.)
El Cajon, CA, 92020

Impact Community

10 October 2010 – 9:00am – 12:00pm

Event Organizer
Jeanette H

Choose from a variety of projects: Property maintenance tasks for homebound elderly, and local schools, environmental projects in local parks and open spaces, writing letters to the military and preparing items for the homeless. Families with children are welcome! We will also have projects for families to work on, such as painting Peace tiles for the Roots and Shoots Community Peace Garden.

Go to www.impactsandiego.org for more information.

Event Website:

4031 Avocado Blvd.
La Mesa / Rancho San Diego area, CA, 91941


Event Organizer
Holly H

Our group (which we want YOU! to be a part of) is planning to do 2 fun GROUP BIKE RIDES on 10/9 and 10/10.

Saturday 10/9:

WHERE: City Heights Farmers’ Market (Fairmount & Wightman)

WHEN: 10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.

A fun, family ride from the market around the neighborhood. The first 25 people will get a FREE reusable canvas market bag.

Sunday 10/10:

WHERE: Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park (39th & Adams)

WHEN: 1:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.

A fun ride from Normal Heights to South Park to North Park, with a little activism and celebration thrown in.

We are working to promote bike culture, introduce participants to the SD Bike Commuter program, and mingle at some great businesses after.

We will be partaking in a CRITICAL MASS PROTEST outside a local Valero station @ 1:30p.m. to protest their funding of Prop 23, an upcoming proposition attempting to overturn California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, which has brought thousands of dollars in renewable investments to our state.

We will be ending at Toronado on 30th St. in North Park around 4p.m. to partake in some sweet discount drafts, good conversation, and discussion of the Million Letter March, a campaign to show public support for effective climate legislation.

Good Tunes for Good Jobs and a Clean Environment

9 October 2010 – 2:00pm

Event Organizer
Micah M

Election season is heating up and we are in an all-out battle! From local City Council races to the Governor’s seat, extremist candidates are threatening to slash union jobs, roll back environmental protections and continue the “business as usual” that got us into this economic mess. We must defeat these efforts and get California working again!

Find out how you can help fight the good fight by joining us at IBEW Local 569’s first election season “Battle of the Bands.” We’re teaming up with IATSE Local 122 and local bands for an afternoon of good tunes, good food and a chance to learn how you can take simple, effective actions this fall to support the battle for good jobs and a clean environment. Here are the details:
WHAT: Good Tunes for Good Jobs and a Clean Environment
WHEN: Saturday, October 9th, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: IBEW Local 569 Union Hall, 4545 Viewridge Ave., San Diego, CA 92123. Click HERE for a map.

CONTACT: Micah Mitrosky, Environmental Organizer, IBEW Local 569, 619-957-2596 or 858-569-8900 or mmitrosky@ibew569.org

Bring friends and family to enjoy tasty food, good tunes and find out how you can get involved this November.

Please note, this is an all ages event. Lawn chairs for seating are welcome. No alcohol permitted.

Help defeat Prop 23

10 October 2010 – 10:30am – 3:00pm

Event Organizer
San Diego No on Prop 23 .

Please join us for a Day of Action in San Diego.

We are organizing to defeat Prop 23. Come join us at Pizza Fusion (3827 5th Avenue in Hillcrest) for a quick orientation, snacks and campaign materials. After the orientation we will disburse in small groups to fairs, local establishments and markets to pass out leaflets, talk to voters, and raise awareness about the dangers behind Prop 23.

Prop 23 is the most dangerous proposition on the November ballot because it would overturn California’s Clean energy and global warming solutions act. It must be defeated!

Please rsvp to sdNoon23@gmail.org so we know how many are coming and how many materials we need. Hope to see you there.

3827 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA, 92103

HTHI Roots and Shoots

10 October 2010 – 10:00am – 10:00pm

Event Organizer
High Tech High I

On 10/10/10, the Roots and Shoots Club at High Tech High International will be embarking on a bike ride to Balboa Park in San Diego to raise awareness about reducing emissions. This bike ride will begin at 10:10AM. We will also be armed with seed bombs to plant seeds in places that need a little more nature along the way. At our destination, we will be holding an interactive event for the public to help raise awareness and unify the club as a whole.

Event Website: http://hthirootsandshoots.weebly.com

2388 Farragut Road
San Diego, CA

Point Loma Bike Ride

10 October 2010 – 8:30am – 10:30am

Event Organizer
Joshua M

bike ride from Point Loma Nazarene University to Cabriollo National Monument (3mi.). This event is in conjuntion with the work party at Cabrillo National Monument to aid removal of foreign species. You can participate in the bike ride or the work project – the best option is to do both! The Cabrillo group work party does have it’s own posting on this site with further info.

This community ride will be for everyone. We will gather at 830am sharp am at Point Loma Nazarene University. We will ride 3 miles of scenic highway to Cabriollo National Monument. Group photo is at 10am for our contribute to 350.org, voicing our care for Gaia! Parking is available at Point Loma, cycling to campus is even better.

Location Information
3900 Lomaland Dr.

San Diego , CA, 92106

SDSU Bike & Grow Party

10 October 2010 – 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Event Organizer
Holly H


We are planning to do a fun bike ride from City Heights to Balboa Park, promote bike culture, introduce participants to the SD Bike Commuter program, and mingle at some great businesses after. We will be partaking in a critical mass outside a local Valero station to protest their funding of Prop 23, an upcoming proposition attempting to overturn California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, which has brought thousands of dollars in renewable investments to our state. Please join us!

We will be making flyers (printed on scrap paper) to put up in coffee shops and other choice locations. Please let us know if you want to help us design the flyer or pass things out!

We now have a facebook page– please spread it around to your friends!

Event Website: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=130781843632498

Location Information
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA,

Sierra Club Calls Voters to Say No on Prop 23!

10 October 2010 – 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Event Organizer
Andrew A

Our plan for the election is pretty simple – we are going to get in touch with voters that agree with us on environmental issues, but that don’t vote as often as they should. We are going after the voters that typically sit out these elections and reminding them why it is so important for them to get out and vote on November 2nd.

To do this, we will be calling voters from house parties and phonebanks throughout San Diego county. On 10/10/10, we are calling voters from the Sierra Club San Diego HQ:
8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Ste 101, San Diego, CA 92111
from 2-5pm.

So come down and help us defeat this dangerous Proposition.

Call me at (858) 569-6005, or email me at aadams@sierraclubsandiego.org
Follow us on Twitter at

Event Website: http://www.stopdirtyenergyprop.com/

Location Information
8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Ste. 101
San Diego, CA, 92111

Sustainable Energy Fair

10 October 2010 – 12:30pm – 3:00pm

Event Organizer
Bill R

The church is having an energy fair on Oct. 10, from 12:30 to 3:00 PM to look at measures by which the church and individuals can reduce carbon footprints. There will be a community light bulb exchange, music, information booths and videos, activities for children, and a “350” art project.

Event Host: First Lutheran Church is a 130 year-old congregation in downtown San Diego. It has been involved with several energy audits with the intent of reducing our carbon footprint, and encouraging members to do likewise. www.firstlutheransd.org provides information about the church, and www.tacosd.org tells about its minsitry of free meals and medical clinics for homeless and low-income families and individuals.

First Lutheran Church
1420 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA, 92101

University of San Diego- 10.10.10 project

10 October 2010 – 11:30am – 3:50pm

Event Organizer
Tina T

Join USD students, staff, alumni, faculty and community to help work on trail maintenance in Tecolote Canyon, improve local community organic gardens and help with local school improvements. Welcome 11:30, site work 12 – 2, followed by a celebration with photo and lunch ending at…. you guessed it 3:50 p.m. Make a difference, get involved.

Location Information

5998 Alcala Park, UC136

San Diego, CA, 92110

Work Party Think Tank: Art, Poetry Readings and Viewings

10 October 2010 – 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Event Organizer
Sara E

All are welcome to attend this event. It has been especially designed for folks who don’t ride cycles, or are otherwise not able to attend more strenuous activities (nursing mothers, handicapped, etc.). Anyone interested in poetry and art is encouraged to attend! There will be poetry read, short narratives from writers like Joseph Wood Crutch, Rachael Carson, and others.

This event is still being planned and organized, but there will likely be free music, wine and/or food. Please contact me if you’d like to join!

How to Get Involved Planning the Event: Contact Saraellen at 619-295-4711

Location Information

PASHA Restaurant, 3614 5th Ave.

San Diego, CA

Zero Carbon Gardening/Composting for Peace

10 October 2010 – 9:00am – 1:00pm

Event Organizer
Ava T

We will be gardening at the Friend’s Center Peace Garden in the morning. Then we’ll have a vegetarian pot-luck for anyone who shows up. Then we’ll have two classes free to everyone; Zero Carbon Gardening, and Composting.

How to Get Involved Planning the Event: If you’re interested in getting this event going, write to Ava at gardeners4peace@hotmail.com

Event Host: Gardeners 4 Peace care for 125 fruit trees in the Friend’s Center Peace Garden. The harvest from the trees goes to organizations that feed the homeless in San Diego. We also provide free classes in aspects of sustainable gardening for everyone.

Location Information
3850 Westgate Place
San Diego, CA, 92105

Directions To Event:
In the triangle created by the intersections of Highways 805, 15, and 94

Cabrillo National Park Conservation Work Party

10 October 2010 – 9:30am – 5:30pm

Event Organizer
Joshua M

You are needed at Cabrillo!

Work session one: 9:30am-12:30pm, Meet at Visitors Center at 9:30am
Work Session two: 1:30pm – 4:00pm, New volunteers meet at visitors center at 1:30pm

This event is organized to aid our local Cabrillo National Park of Point Loma in working towards healing and preserving their ecological environment through invasive species erradication. Expect to do yard work type activity on the grouds of the beautiful park. This event is planed in conjunction with the Point Loma Bike Ride so that you can participate in both events, or pick one or the other, so make sure to get info on the bike ride on its own posting. At 10am on 10/10/10 we will pose for a group picture to forward to 350.org to voice our support for Gaia! We will then spend the day getting to work with the land! Bring you own lunch, work gloves reusable water bottle, hat etc. Some snacks will be provided.

Bringing your own shoval or rake may be helpful in the case of the parks eqiptment running out

How to Get Involved Planning the Event: Contact Josh, (619) 630-4507, joshuamorrill@gmail.com

Location Information
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA, 92106
United States

Directions To Event:

Head to Cabrillo National Park at the S. end of Catalina Blvd, in Point Loma. At the gate say you are with 350.org, free entry for volunteers, meet at visitors center at 930am for the briefing!

Past events

There are some events that took place before I managed to get this posted. If you attended one of these events please let us know how they went!

Mount Miguel High School Democracy Club

8 October 2010 – 12:00pm – 12:30pm

Event Organizer
James M

Mount Miguel students will be organizing a “veg out” to encourage students to try vegetarianism. We will also be raising awareness of 10/10/10 and encouraging students and staff to participate. Event for MMHS students only.

Event Host: a student-organized, action-oriented club at Mount Miguel High School to bring about change in our community, our country, and our world

Location Information
Mount Miguel High School
8585 Blossom Lane
Spring Valley, CA, 91977

bike ride + cloth bags give away

9 October 2010 – 9:00am – 1:00pm

Event Organizer
Fernanda D

On 10/9/10 at the city heights farmers’ market we will have a bike ride to promo bike riding for better air in our city. The farmers’ market will distribute 50 (or more) cloth reusable bags to produce shoppers to discourage the use of plastic bags.

How to Get Involved Planning the Event: email: fernanda.decampos@theirc.org

Event Host: bikes del pueblo city heights farmers’ market

Fairmount Ave and Wightman Street

Bish Bowl Going Green

8 October 2010 – 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Event Organizer
Ben D

The Bishop’s School will be hosting a home football game at La Jolla High which draws hundreds of fans from the San Diego area. This game is analogous to most schools’ “Homecoming” game. A great deal of food and aluminum cans/plastic water bottles are always sold annually and since the stadium does not provide recycling, the aluminum and plastic end up in trash containers. In addition, students in the past were encouraged to decorate the stadium stands with a copious amount of paper and plastic to show their school spirit. This year recycling containers will be scattered throughout the stadium and Green Campus Initiative (GCI) Club will be selling Sigg bottles and giving away free water to fill them to provide people with an alternative to using aluminum and plastic. Also, school spirit will be demonstrated with a limited amount of decorations, where face paint and posters will be replacing the previous decorations.

Event Host: Green Campus Initiative (GCI) is a student-driven club at The Bishop’s School that is committed to greening our Earth and educating students about a variety of environmental concerns/issues.

Location Information
750 Nautilus Street
La Jolla, CA, 92037

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar bodysurferbob October 11, 2010 at 7:26 am

hey, i’d really like to get reports of what happened yesterday in san diego and around the globe for the 350 campaign. however, i do NOT appreciate pulling up iceplant at the cabrillo light house as a 350 event! c’mon! you can do better than that! (see today’s u-t)


avatar Molly October 13, 2010 at 3:56 pm

bob – Yes, I also saw that photograph in the U-T – I think it was the only coverage that the U-t gave to the 350 efforts (it was too busy giving coverage to the tea partiers). The picture showed a person tearing out “non-native” iceplant. Iceplant ??? this is what we’re working towards? an ice-plant -free world? jimminy crickets! Of all the good stuff happening, this is the – again – ONLY coverage that your wonderful local paper had on all those events here in our town. I also noticed that this blog didn’t really cover them at all either. What gives?


avatar Editordude October 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Mollty – Thanks for your careful observations. Our huge staff was either busy nursing their hang-overs from the Oktoberfest, busy enjoying a rare sunny Sunday, or doing the million other things that paradise has to offer.


avatar Molly October 13, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Editorduke – Okay, I understand that the beach life is good, at times too good. But couldn’t you have at least assigned one blogger/ reporter to cover the events?


avatar Editordude October 13, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Ms Molty – I guess if we had had the foresight and a list of bloggers who can respond at my whim, we could have done it. But that fat check you promised us did not get here yet.


avatar Molly October 13, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Editless duke of hazard: Where do all our paid subscriptions go? Where’s all the money you have raised for T-shirts and your mythical camera that you’re always raising money for but have not bought?

If you’re going to be one of the “big-guys” with over 30,000 visitors a month (yes, I read your homage to yourself), you’d better get more organized, and get some bloggers who can get off their couch, put down the bong, and tell it like it is! – for the rest of us still on the couch with lips snug around the glass. C’mon OB Rag!


avatar Frank Gormlie October 13, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I just wanted to reassure our readers that Molly and Editordude are good friends and even though they each make excellent points, they are also just playing with each other, and are truly being good natured about it all. (Why does my spell check not accept “natured”?)


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