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350.org

Posted by admin | October 27th, 2009 | Filed under Uncategorized

Our friends at Epicocity organized a 350.org event last Saturday.  Check it out:

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On Saturday, October 24, nearly 200 whitewater and sea kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and canoes converged on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon to form a giant floating 350 as part of the largest global day of climate action ever. Paddlers in this River of Action event joined more than 5,200 rallies in more than 180 nations to urge world leaders to take fast and effective action on global warming, to bring attention to the number 350. Scientists have insisted in recent years that 350 parts per million is the most carbon dioxide (CO2) we can safely have in the atmosphere. The current CO2 concentration is 390 parts per million.

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day in Portland. The sunny, warm weather helped to keep folks in good spirits as they fought a strong current in the river channel to form the 350. But even with the current, everyone came together to make it happen. Paddlers were stoked to be out on the water taking a stand to protect the planet where we live and the rivers where we play. As paddlers, we experience the impacts of climate change firsthand. Less snowpack is drastically affecting our rivers and waterways. The climate is something we can get back on track. And after Saturday, there’s no doubt that we want to see real action from the world on climate change before it’s too late.

kayakAround the world on Saturday-from the Willamette River to the melting slopes of Mt. Everest-people took part in the 350.org International Day of Climate Action.

The actions come six weeks before the world’s nations convene in Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Change Conference to draw up a new climate treaty. Eighty-nine countries have already endorsed the 350 target, as well as the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri, the world’s foremost climate economist, Sir Nicholas Stern, Nobel prize-winner Al Gore and hundreds of thousands of global citizens. All agree that current atmospheric levels of CO2-390 parts per million-are causing damage to the planet and to its most vulnerable people, and that government action at the Copenhagen climate conference is required to bring the earth’s carbon level swiftly down.

Good things are happening : the Grant for Change

Posted by admin | October 13th, 2009 | Filed under Uncategorized

drummond_steele1_550x382Three months ago we sent the nation on a quest: seek out the do-gooders and bring us their stories of change. A host of champions deserve great celebration.

The response to the Grant for Change was overwhelming. The first day of the G4C brought eleven submissions. By the first week, there were fifty-four. After six weeks, we had accepted 294 nominations. With each new day I was amazed at the quality, and the range of subjects that each of the projects represented.

Most of all, I was inspired. How often do you get to see page after page of self-starters, dedicated to their passion, working for pennies (or free) and still motivated and excited to keep it up, day after day? Corresponding with these amazing individuals and teams, processing their submissions, and looking deeper into their causes, left me with renewed confidence that our passions and goals are not lost to systemic fiends.

We whittled 294 nominations down to ten Finalists. After a month of interviews, questionnaires, and thorough due diligence, acclamation is due to one team in particular.

I am proud and excited to announce the first recipients of the Grant for Change. Congratulations to Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele, and their project Facing Climate Change.

This was not a contest (although at times it felt like one). More accurately this was an opportunity to bring together the founders and architects of positive action and connect them to one another. The myriad opportunities for collaboration beyond this platform are still out there, in the works, and open for discussion. The return on investment made here is like a hug – hard to quantify, but of indefinite value.

What does a clothing company have to do with sea kelp? Peace activism? Climate change? My job was simply to orchestrate part of this positive change making, and help spread the word that a clothing company does not have to simply sell clothes. The Grant for Change has roused my motivation. It brought optimism with its many accomplished and enthusiastic do-gooders. We can all make a positive difference, one small change at a time.

Oregon Manifest

Posted by Josie | October 1st, 2009 | Filed under Uncategorized

omOregon Manifest is back again this year. From October 2 to November 8,  Oregon Manifest will highlight the bike influence on culture, sustainability, and urban design. There’s something great in store for every type of bike lover: a national bike design challenge, an acclaimed Danish bike culture exhibit, two bike races, guest speakers, a cycling apparel fashion show, and a pop-up storefront Bike Union.

For the complete schedule of events, details, and what’s happening during the 6 bike-tastic weekends, visit www.oregonmanifest.com