Yesterday was like a major holiday for environmentalists. For one, the Sunday marked 10/10/10, a.k.a. a Global Work Party — better known as a whole bunch of events happening all around town as part of 350.org’s efforts to show national and international decisionmakers that we want action on climate change.
Secondly and serendipitously, in Los Angeles, yesterday was CicLAvia, when 7.5 miles of L.A. streets were closed off for cars to make room for cyclists, pedestrians, chalk artists, drummers, and basically everyone willing to step out of their four-wheeled vehicles! Above, you can see the two major events colliding — when a 10/10/10-related Rally to Kick Coal and Oil out of L.A. at L.A. City Hall came out to the streets, where CicLAvia cyclists were joyfully pedaling around!
To celebrate, I first took the bus to downtown Los Angeles. The goal was to make it to city hall by 12:30 when the Rally to Kick Coal and Oil out of L.A. began — but the detours made me a few minutes late. No matter — I arrived to catch the end of L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti’s speech — and then to hear Greenpeace organizer Jenny Binstock (above) rally the crowds.
After the speechifying, there was chanting (“I say No, you say Coal! No! Coal! No! Coal!”) — followed by a drumming that led the crowds off the city hall lawn into the street, making for a pretty photo-op especially with the cyclists circling the eco-activists.
It was a really hot day — I’m glad I remembered my reusable water bottle! Being bikeless, I walked east on the CicLAvia route and saw a band performance, chalk art, and lot of friends biking by. This behatted blue boy made me want to get training wheels again.
Once I hit MacArthur Park it was 2:50 — and CicLAvia sadly ended at 3!
I turned up to Wilshire and took another bus — all the way to Santa Monica beach. There I joined Sara Bayles of The Daily Ocean.
Long-time readers may remember that Sara and I organized a 350.org event together — the Blogger Beach Cleanup a year ago! So for 10/10/10, Sara and I returned to the beach — along with a few other last-minute volunteers (we really planned this last minute) — to see how big a 350.org sign we could make with trash we picked up in just 20 minutes. And voila:
The sunset was really gorgeous too.
What did you do on 10/10/10?