Elizabeth Bonham, Design Editor (ebonham@wwc)
Climate change activist and author Bill McKibben adressed an enthusiastic crowd Wednesday night in the college Chapel. His second visit to Warren Wilson in the past five years, McKibben delivered his lecture as part of his latest “350 mission” environmental action tour. The audience, which more than filled the capacity of the venue, was comprised of community members and visitors from the tri-state area.
McKibben is the co-founder of 350.org, an international climate change action campaign. 350 is the known “safe” ceiling for carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere, or what McKibben calls “the most important number in the world.”
McKibben’s visit to campus advertised the global event he will host with the 350 mission: Global Work Party 10/10/10. On Sunday, October 10, 188 nations will host 6,759 events where climate activists express 350’s mission. The events will demonstrate environmental activists doing physical labor in community projects. During his Wednesday lecture, McKibben articulated the point of this global exhibition: to challenge world leaders to commit to passing powerful climate change and clean energy policies. McKibben’s challenge: “We’re getting to work – what about you?”
The Warren Wilson community will engage with the 10/10/10 project in partnership with Transition Asheville. This Sunday, the Environmental Justice , Peace and Justice, and ELC crews will organize carpools to a demonstration in the Asheville Edible Garden. The day will involve events, speakers, and what Warren Wilson loves most – work.
To find more information about McKibben’s campaign, visit http://www.350.org/.
To get involved with the local component of 10/10/10, look for campus work crews tabling in lower Gladfelter during lunch.