NEW YORK, HARLEM — On Friday, Oct. 8, a large group of volunteers with 350.org
gathered on the roof of the Democracy Prep Charter School in Harlem to have a raucous end of the summer White Party. The volunteers were disappointed that P. Diddy had cancelled his annual event
, and it was rumored that they had therefore decided to throw their own.
And as the event got under way, it was clear from the get-go that this party would surely rival the rapper's 4th of July bash, save for a few key details: Khloe Kardashian was not going to show up
, and instead of spending green, these party animals were going to be creating green — or at least making the Democracy Prep Charter School a little more sustainable. By painting the school's roof a brilliant, reflective white
, the organization hopes to make at least one building (and hopefully many more, soon) a little more economical and a lot more green.
The gathering in Harlem on West 133rd Street (a massive hike for anyone living in Brooklyn) was part of the 10/10/10 Global Work Party where volunteers across the globe were going to come together "to dig community gardens, install solar panels, plant trees and more," in an effort to send a "clear message to our political leaders."
"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. ... it can be a beautiful day on the 10th of October if we work together, and party together. And if we do it right, then we'll take a big step towards the kind of political solutions we desperately need."
The roof would take three days to paint and would be finished on the 10th to coincide with global festivities. Though painting one roof white in a city chock full of dark roofs seems like a small step, once people see how much energy the school will save, perhaps the idea will catch on. And don't worry, if you missed the Global Work day and this amazing party, there is never a bad time to join in and make the world a better place. 350.org provides some very good ideas
for doing so any day of the year — after all, who needs an excuse to throw a party?