Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen!!  

We have successfully completed our 350 Day of Action here in Cincinnati, Ohio!

Photo by Chuck Garber

Photo by Chuck Garber

The first thing I did this morning as I got out of bed was to wrap up my awesome 350 banner…and lug it downtown on the bus.  I was supposed to get there around 10:00, but the bus got there around 10:15, so that didn’t really go according to plan.  Actually, a lot of stuff didn’t.
Credits: Laura Fisher

Credits: Laura Fisher

It was a cold, damp, blustery morning, and I am deeply thankful for the folks who turned out dressed for the weather and bore with us–including the NewsRecord (but apparently not any of Cincinnati’s other media organizations 😦 correct me if I’m wrong!).  A couple of our speakers unfortunately had to cancel due to illness, including Tom Crain, chairman of WorldWatch, who I was really looking forward to hearing speak!
Credits: Laura Fisher

Credits: Laura Fisher

Not enough people showed up, unfortunately, for us to form a giant 350, and Fountain Square was spraying  liquid too hard for us to have a photo-op in front of it anyway.  I was shivering so hard by the time my speech came up that I simply cut out most of the speech and just made a fundraising plea (I have included what I intended to say in another post, because I said I would).  Somebody was very nice.  She brought me a hot cocoa after I came down from the stage.

The photographer showed up an hour late (I told her it was ok, and if she is reading this, it still IS ok, it’s just different than I expected), there weren’t enough people in attendance for a shot off the Carew Tower, and I never got a photo-op of folks holding my banner in front of the fountain, because everyone ran away as soon as we closed down.  And I don’t blame them!

But you know what?  It’s all okay.  None of us had ever organized anything like this in our lives, and it was a learning process every step of the way!  I, for one, took a lot away from it.  Plenty of Cincinnati’s concerned citizens gathered on the square and spoke to each other and networked; I got the word out about Copenhagen; and other speakers got their word out about greening Cincinnati.  I met awesome people to help me out in the course of planning this.  And the camaraderie was GREAT at the actual 350 event!

My mother overhead someone who had just listened to one of the lectures.  He was really upset by the science, and was telling a bystander about the terrible things that would happen if the arctic methane deposits thaw.  That’s what activism’s all about!  Educating the People!!

We are also part of a much, much larger phenomenon happening around the world–Cincinnati was one of nearly 5000 locations in 180+ countries around the world, and I’m glad I had a part in this awesome movement!!

I just wish the news were reporting more of it!  I’m watching CNN right now and have yet to hear mention of it…blah blah blah, swine flu, blah, Columbian drug lords….blah, blah, is reality TV bad for child stars?

Well, maybe reality TV is harmful for kids, but so are the effects of runaway global climate change.  I have had my rant, thank you for reading, hope you enjoy the pictures.

*All credits go to Laura Fisher, who gave me the photos (unless otherwise noted).

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