Join in 350.org's
Climate Impacts Day
What: 350.org's"Climate Impacts Day: Connect the Dots"
When: Friday, May 4 (Oaks Day), 10AM-12PM;
Saturday, May 5 (Derby Day), 9AM-?
Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY
Needed: Volunteers to participate
Meetup point (subject to change): Under the big billboard on the north side of Central Ave., just west of Rodman St.Click here to signup and to see the latest updates.
Event Description: 350.org's next big world-wide day of action is May 5, Derby Day! The event is called "Climate Impacts Day: Connect the Dots." See www.climatedots.org. The idea is to "connect the dots" between the recent spate of extreme weather events and global climate change.350 Louisville will stage a simple, peaceful action to take advantage of the huge crowds and intense media coverage at the Kentucky Derby. Participants will "walk around," single file and quietly, in the area of Churchill Downs, e.g., along Central Avenue, on both Oaks Day and Derby Day, engaging the crowd as appropriate.
All team members will be attired in unique "connect-the-dots" T-shirts. We will have available two handouts with which to engage people: (1) "Carbon-free fans" from last year's Moving Planet event; and (2) uniquely designed, round stickers (Derby Dots) that will use horse names to make points about climate change.In addition, seven to ten volunteers will wear some typically outlandish Derby hats, the designs of which will be consistent with the T-shirts. The hat wearers will enter the track and go to the paddock area (or infield), hoping for media interviews. We will subsidize the $40 entrance fee of these volunteers as much as possible.
Oaks Day will be a kind of test run for Derby Day, so shorter in duration. We will take some iconic group photographs on one or both days in the Churchill Downs vicinity.All participants will be asked to take the following verbal vow: "In this event, I promise to remain non-violent in body, spirit, and voice."
As our funding is limited, we will ask participants for donations.We need more people, so please sign up to participate either at the "350.org" link given above or by responding to this notice. We will be in contact to suggest transportation alternatives and to notify you of any change as to times or meet-up point. Such info will also be available on the "350.org" event web page.