This week, thousands of people across the globe got to work for 350.org's 10/10/10 Global Work Party. Even President Barack Obama stepped up and joined the fun, committing to install solar panels on the White House roof next spring. Despite the groundswell of grassroots support for "getting to work," dirty money continues to have an unprecedented influence on the midterm elections.
11/2: Election Day
11/15: Congress resumes (tentative)
Solar on the White House
The Obama Administration made an important symbolic gesture last week by announcing plans to install solar panels on the White House in the spring of 2011. Energy Secretary Steven Chu told an audience of federal employees: "Around the world, the White House is a symbol of freedom and democracy. It should also be a symbol of America's commitment to a clean energy future."
In addition to approving new solar installations, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signed the final lease approving the 468 MW Cape Wind project, the nation's first offshore wind installation, off the coast of Massachusetts.
10/10/10 Global Work Parties
This weekend, climate advocates worldwide gathered together and held "work parties" to celebrate climate solutions and send our political leaders a simple message: "We're getting to work—what about you?" All told, there were 7,500 events in 185 countries, including approximately 2,000 U.S. events in all 50 states. Events were attended by elected officials who pledged to "get to work."
We'll have much more about the hugely successful 10/10/10 Global Work Parties, but for now just sit back and enjoy the climate action eye candy we've been receiving since Saturday. Be sure to share them on Facebook, Twitter and any other social networks using our handy "share" bar on this page.
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Students helped Community Forklift, a surplus, salvage, and green building material provider outside Washington, DC, to sort, organe, and clean their warehouse. Forklift Outreach and Education Director Ruthie Mundell and the university's program director, Professor James Riker, set up the party to discuss the Forklift's business model with students and to show them how their work efforts symbolized the push for clean energy solutions. Riker said his students spent the week discussing these issues and watched The Age of Stupid in class before starting their work party, getting them "beyond the classroom" and into the movement. Here are some pictures from that event: