(Minneapolis, MN)— When the 350 Solutions Revolution Team approaches Minneapolis and Saint Paul on October 7th, it will kick off ten days of shining a light on how our local communities are working to solve the climate crisis.
Minnesotan Alec Neal and Katherine Ball have been biking from Portland, Oregon and will arrive in Minneapolis via the Stone Arch Bridge on October 7 for a noon rally and press conference to focus on their journey across America. They are making a documentary video that shows how Americans across the country are responding to the global climate crisis. While in Minnesota, they will film local metro solutions and be joined by youth climate activist Reed Aronow and Cool Planet’s founder, Paul Thompson from Edina, before continuing their journey to Washington D.C. and, ultimately, Cancun Mexico for the annual United Nations Climate Conference. www.350solutionsrevolution.org
Three days later, the group will be among the featured speakers at 350.org’s 10-10-10 Global Work Party at the Mill Ruins Park on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. It begins with the Mass Bike Rally leaving from Como Park in St Paul at 10am and ends at the Mill Ruins Park on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis at 2 pm. www.mn350.org
There are over 5,000 events across the globe on 10-10-10 where the goal of the day is not to solve the climate crisis one project at a time, but to send a pointed political message: if everyday people can get to work, politicians and leaders can get to work as well. Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org points out “They’re waking up a country that needs waking up, because Congress holds one of the keys to solving the climate conundrum!”. The Minneapolis event will bring together climate solution activists from the metro area and will include Michael Nobel (Executive Director of Fresh Energy), Ellen Anderson (State Senator from Saint Paul), John Abraham (Climate Scientist at the University of St Thomas), Will Steger (Arctic Explorer and Founder of the Will Steger Foundation), the 350 Solutions Revolution Team and others.
Finally on Saturday, October 16th, the group leaves Minneapolis from the Sculpture Garden near the Spoonbridge and Cherry to continue their bike ride and documentary of local solutions in route to Washington D.C. With a possible sendoff from Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Mayors Chris Coleman and R.T. Rybak the 350 Solutions Revolution Team will be joined by Minnesota bicyclists who will accompany them on the ride to Red Wing with messages from Minnesotans to bring focus and action to the global climate crisis. The day will end in Red Wing, Minnesota with the first educational rally and presentation to Red Wing residents and supporters. From there, the group will journey through Winona, LaCrosse, Madison, Chicago and Detroit on the way to Washington D.C.
Join us for one or all of these events!