For Kids and Parents

350 is an important number for understanding our planet, global warming, and where we get to in order to stop the big problems that we face.  Parents, if your kids have been part of our school outreach, ask your kids what it means!  If they need a little bit of help, see what is 350?.

Looking for the letter sent to the parents of kids at Barnard Environmental Magnet School?  See here.

Kids, you have an important part to play in saving our planet!  Here are some things you can do yourself and things you can do with your parents:

Moving Planet will be a day to put our demands for climate action into motion—marching, biking, skating—calling for the world to go beyond fossil fuels.

                                               See: Moving Planet in Connecticut!

WHY:
For too long, our leaders have denied and delayed, compromised and caved. That era must come to an end: it’s time to get moving on the climate crisis.
WHERE: All over the world, the USA, cities and towns in CT and www.350ct.org on the New Haven Green
WHEN: September 24, 2011 – starting at 4pm.
WHO: You, your friends, your family, your neighbors

        Have FUN, learn tons, and help our communities Move Beyond Fossil Fuels

Main Events
4pm Critical Mass Bike Ride leaving from the New Haven Green
5pm Rally and Massive Picture on the New Haven Green with Community and Political Leaders.  If you can’t make it to any other part of the day, come for this!
8pm Outdoor Screening of Wall-E Powered by Bikes, New Haven Green

For a complete listing of the final schedule on Sept 24th be sure to check back on:
www.350ct.org
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Why focus on moving beyond fossil fuels?
The global fossil fuel infrastructure is a threat to our future everywhere, and a common target for our movement. It’s polluting our oceans, our land, our communities, our air, and our children’s lungs. It’s corrupting our politics with over $600 billion in subsidies globally, and hundreds of millions in campaign contributions in the United States in the last 10 years. And looming largest, the continued burning of coal and oil is what will tip climate change into climate catastrophe – getting off fossil fuels is the number one thing we need to do to get below 350ppm.  Fossil fuels connect to many issues—sustainable agriculture, transportation, and water to name a few.  But please don’t feel limited by this focus, and feel free to organize around the climate issue most relevant to where you are.

                                      Resources
How to Make a Difference

(And lower your Environmental Footprint and save money)
Greenhouse Gases in America are generated from the following sources:
40% – The Built Environment (our houses, apartments, factories, offices, stores)
30% – Transportation (our cars, the buses, trains, airplanes
10% – Food (growing, processing, transporting what we eat)

Things you can do (in New Haven) in each of the above areas:

The Built Environment: (http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/Sustainability/GHHI/Preview/)
1. Get a Free Home Energy Solutions Energy Assessment:
The Home Energy Solutions program is completed by an approved contractor of the CT Energy Efficiency Fund
2. Get a Free Programmable Thermostat:
For income-eligible households, the Yale Community Carbon Fund will provide a free programmable thermostat during the energy assessment. Note: A home energy assessment is required at the same time as this service.
3. Free Street Tree:
The Urban Resources Initiative will plant a street tree in front of your home if the location is suitable. The tree will require occasional watering.

Transportation
(http://www.yale.edu/transportationoptions/choicematters/resources.html)
1. Reduce your VMT (Vehicular Miles Traveled)
Car pool, plan your trips
2. Ride a bike as often as possible
Riding will help you become more physically fit. The more riders on the road, the safer it becomes.
3. Drive the speed limit or use cruise control
The faster you go, (in general) the worse your gas mileage. Avoid fast accelerations

Food: (http://www.ctnofa.org/)
1. Reduce your meat consumption
Industrial scale meat processing plants are large GHG emitters
2. Buy local fresh produce and eat what is in season
Purchasing food at farmers’ markets and through CSAs also stimulates the economy
3. Eat foods that your grandmother would recognize
Large amount of GHG are generated through the excessive processing of foods.

For more information on these resources contact:
Jonathan Gorham [email protected]
2010 Governor’s Climate Change Leadership Awardee
Chair, Woodbridge Clean Energy Initiative Task Force
Development Director, Massaro Community Farm

To stay involved with Climate Change actions, please sign up at: www.350ct.org

 

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