It's Focus the Nation today!
With a national teach-in happening at nearly 2,000 locations across the country, check out what creative responses to global warming are happening near you. For my part, I'm heartened to hear about the wide variety of participants: events are spearheaded by high schoolers, art museums, universities, political action and environmental groups, elementary school teachers, churches, and more.
In Alaska, the Pratt Museum is holding an art and science exhibit on global warming, and facilitating workshops "to inspire and educate artists."
At Arizona State University, the Sustainables are performing, a bike/carpool concert is being held, there's a voter registration drive, and a flashlight tour of the ASU art museum. As well, there's lectures by Sir Peter Crane, Thomas E. Lovejoy, and Jack Groh (the man behind the NFL's Environmental Program, who will be talking about the Super Bowl going green)
This morning, there was a sunrise salutation yoga session at Fullerton College, a two-year college in Califonia. There will be a sunset flashlight vigil this evening. In between, there's nine teach in sessions, a screening of The 11th Hour, and a roundtable discussion.
San Francisco's French American (K-8) and International High (9-12) schools are hosting a two-day teach-in that features no-waste lunches and students arriving at school solely by bike, carpool, or walking. Middle schoolers will present environmental projects at their science fair. The whole school is watching An Inconvenient Truth.
There are free tours of a solar home in Montana.
Local food is being served in all cafeterias of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
White Mountain School in New Hampshire is doing a greenhouse gas inventory of its buildings, with students participating.
There are energy competitions in the dorms of Tufts University.
Street theater about global warming from high schoolers at Boston Latin happened during their lunch hour. They're also selling carbon "footprints" with information on climate change on them. Blue tape lines the inside walls of their school, indicating where the water line will be if melting ice raises sea levels 20 inches, as its anticipated if global warming is unchecked. And these students are sellign carbon offset patches, with money going towards the development of wind power.
There's an "80% by 2050" '80s party at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. As in, cut greenhouse gases by 80%.
Portland (OR) Vineyard Church is hosting "Why We Should Care: Evangelicals and Environmental Stewardship"
The list goes one--inspiring example after inspiring example. I love reading through this because it reminds me that a whole lot of people care. A whole lot of people are putting their energy and creativity to making a positive difference.
If you too want to engage--and perhaps you didn't have a chance to be involved in today's events--there's hope (isn't there always hope?). The national teach-in points you towards "Green Democracy: What's Next?" for suggestions. You can watch The 2% Solution, a webcast that's viewed all over the country today. You can vote on the five priorities for where today's Focus the Nation momentum should go from here. You can peruse the listing of today's activities and generate ideas for what you might create in your own community.
Because why not? Seriously--why not?