Here are a few photos and press links from other 350 actions in our neck of the woods. In all, 5200 actions took place in 181 countries and Antarctica – for scenes from around the world check out photostream.

See earlier posts for news coverage and photos from the Twin Ports.

Climate Campaign, Ashland Daily Press 10/26

Pine River Joins Climate Action Day, Pine River Journal 10/21


Endion Beach

photo: Dan Branovan… lots more after the jump!

On October 24, more than 200 people from around the Twin Ports made their way by foot and bicycle to Duluth’s waterfront to show support for climate protection.

People began gathering on the harbor side of the DECC at 2:30. A 350 banner was hoisted, and Mary Plaster‘s Green Man and Butterfly puppets started drawing curious passersby. As leafletters passed out bookmarks in Canal Park with tips for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the crowd at the DECC grew, with groups of cyclists arriving by the pair and by the dozens.

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By John Pastor, for the Duluth News-Tribune October 24, 2009

We have known about the greenhouse effect for more than 100 years . In the 1890s, the Swedish chemist and later Nobel Prize winner, Svante Arrhenius, first calculated that the Earth’s temperature would rise approximately 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit if the concentration of carbon dioxide doubled. Arrhenius also realized that with this much warming, much of the Earth’s snow and ice cover would melt. This would increase the warming further by an additional 5 degrees Fahrenheit because snow and ice reflect much of the sun’s heat back into space while the darker rocks and tree canopies uncovered by snowmelt would absorb more heat. Therefore, the response of the biosphere might actually amplify the warming effects of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels.

If we do not pass legislation soon to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, the northwoods of Minnesota and everything that depends on them will be gone by the end of my son’s life.

Although we have refined these calculations further, Arrhenius was correct with one exception: He thought it would take thousands of years for carbon dioxide to double and for the Earth to warm. Arrhenius did not foresee the exponential increase of a fossil fuel-driven economy since his time.

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College of St Scholastica

The College of St Scholastica ended its busy 350 week with a screening of Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari Maathai. Thanks to Jane Wattrus in the biology department for organizing the film showing, and to CSS Earth Action for hosting a full week of fun and educational events!

Be sure to get to the harbor side of the DECC tomorrow by 3pm to hear from these fine folks:

former Senate candidate and nationally recognized teacher and author Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer;

Duluth Mayor Don Ness;

singer-songwriter Rachael Kilgour;

and Josie Johnson and Flo Matamoros from the College of St Scholastica Center for Just Living.

Don’t be late! The rally will be quick and fun, and then we head out by foot and bike and puppet to Endion Beach for a group photo that will be delivered with thousands of others to the UN, Copenhagen delegates and President Obama.

Chris Laforge on Green Visions, KUMD, 10/14

Gathering to shout the number 350, Duluth Budgeteer 10/16

350 by Brendan McColgan in the CSS Cable, 10/16

Duluth’s bike rally part of worldwide climate change events on Saturday, Duluth News Tribune 10/21

Alex Strachota on KUWS news, 10/22

Local view: the time is now to act on the greenhouse effect by John Pastor, DNT 10/24

Pedaling for Climate Change, WDIO 10/24

Twin ports residents join global rally, FOX21 10/24

Duluthians rally to reduce carbon emissions, Northland News Center, 10/24

350: The most important number on earth, Reader Weekly 10/22 – read after jump

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After Saturday’s 350 rally and photo, come on over to the Amazing Grace Bakery (in the DeWitt-Seitz building on Canal Park) to learn more about the climate crisis and what you can do to turn the tide.

A panel of experts and activists will talk about the effects of climate change on our region; what’s happening with climate policy from St Paul to Copenhagen; the City of Duluth’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and creative ideas for reducing your carbon “foodprint”. There will be lots of time for Q&A.

Confirmed speakers:

  • John Pastor, author and professor of biology at UMD
  • Julie O’Leary, Northeast program coordinator for the Minnesota Environmental Partnership
  • Tony Cuneo, at-large Duluth City Councilor and member of the City of Duluth Environmental Advisory Council
  • Mary Dragich, president of Slow Food Lake Superior

When hundreds of college students and other Northland residents gather for a bike rally Saturday in Duluth, they’ll be part of a worldwide statement on climate change being made in 164 nations.

By: John Myers, Duluth News Tribune October 21, 2009

When hundreds of college students and other Northland residents gather for a bike rally Saturday in Duluth, they’ll be part of a worldwide statement on climate change being made in 164 nations.

The rally is one of more than 3,890 events planned worldwide Saturday aimed at pressing world leaders to support major steps to reduce carbon emissions.

The “350” rally, which includes Duluth Mayor Don Ness, Police Chief Gordon Ramsay, and author and former U.S. Senate candidate Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, will start at 3 p.m. behind the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

Participants are encouraged to bike to the event to avoid increasing carbon emissions.

Leaders for most of the world’s nations will meet Dec. 12 in Copenhagen to discuss a new climate treaty to help reduce carbon emissions and lower carbon levels in the Earth’s atmosphere.

A majority of scientists who study climate say that human-caused greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane are spurring a rapid and dramatic increase in global temperatures. They say that warming will affect things such as forests and crops, ocean and lake levels, wildlife, and human health. Much of the carbon comes from burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil.

Several scientists and environmental groups say even if the Copenhagen treaty is approved and a huge global effort is made to meet new carbon standards, it still won’t be enough to stop continued warming. In recent reports, scientists say carbon levels need to be reduced to no more than 350 parts per million to slow warming. Current levels already are about 385 parts per million.

Dylan Kesti, a senior at St. Scholastica majoring in global politics and communication, said the rally is an easy way for the community to get involved in a global issue that affects everyone.

“We hopped on board because this is such a simple version, such a tangible explanation of what we need to do … get down to 350. We don’t have to debate the deep science of it, so it’s easier for people to understand,” Kesti said. “It’s also a chance for us to get out of our little college groups and get into the community with this message and join with other groups in Duluth with a common goal.”

Supporters of the 350 rally also will hold a “waltz-in” dance at 4 p.m. Friday on the sidewalk in front of Duluth’s Whole Foods Co-op to raise awareness of climate-related issues.

Other events centered on climate are under way at local colleges, including a rolling 350-second student walkout held Tuesday at St. Scholastica.

Organizers promise that Saturday will be one of the largest days of global political action ever. Climbers on Mt. Everest will raise a “350” banner, and the president of the Maldive Islands, a nation threatened by rising sea levels, will don scuba gear and lead 350 of his countrymen in an underwater demonstration. In Sydney, Australia, 10,000 people will form themselves into a “3,” while people in London will create a “5” and cyclists in Copenhagen will ride in a “0” pattern.

The College of St Scholastica continued its climate awareness week today as students (along with some faculty and staff) walked out of class, work and meetings for 350 seconds. Below are a photos of some of the participants.

Earth Action at the College of St Scholastica kicked off their 350 Climate Awareness Week today with a Green Midday Munch – serving hundreds of plates of delicious, local food to students, faculty and members of the community – and raising awareness about how our food choices effect the planet.


Local veggies

Local veggies

Carbon "foodprint"

Carbon "foodprint"


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October 24 Rally and Ride!

2:30 pm ---
Feeder routes depart CSS, UMD, UU Church, Bike Cave and other points around the Twin Ports

3:00 pm ---
Gather behind the DECC on Harbor Drive
Rally for climate protection featuring Mayor Don Ness and Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer

3:20 pm ---
Group bike ride through Canal Park led by Duluth police chief Gordon Ramsay and the Bike Cave Collective... or join the pedestrian march with the LaForge Bros brass band and Mary Plaster's beautiful Gaia and Green Man puppets!

4:00 pm ---
Climate teach-in at the Amazing Grace Bakery and Cafe. Learn more about the science of climate change, pending legislation, and Duluth's own efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Mark your calendars and spread the word!

Other 350 week events

October 19-23: Climate Awareness week at CSS, see post for details.

October 20: 350-second student walk-out. 1:30 pm.

October 23: Waltz-in for Climate Protection, meet at 4pm in front of the Co-op in Duluth

October 24: 350 letter-writing, climate talking circle at Camp Amnicon.

October 23-25: The Great Minnesota Walk-to-Worship weekend. Walk, bike, bus or carpool to worship and encourage people in your faith community to join you!

Contact us or call Joel at 218-340-4356