Western Mass Families & Neighbors Gather for World Wide Grassroots Demonstration

350.org International Climate Action Day in Western Mass

This past Saturday, families and neighbors from all over Western Massachusetts gathered to take action in a world wide grassroots demonstration on climate change. Several of these events in Western Mass were posted here.

On this day, people in 181 countries came together for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history. At over 5200 events around the world, people gathered to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis. Over 15,000 photos have been submitted so far!  See them all on Flickr.  Discover more about 350.org here.

Many images of actions taking place right here in our home state of Massachusetts where submitted. As I looked through the photos I was so happy to see many familiar faces in several of the images.  The commitment of our local families, especially on such a terribly rainy day we had this past Saturday, is fantastic! I put together this collage of wonderful images of local Western Massachusetts families and neighbors taking action and being part of a global message to address climate change:

350.org International Climate Action Day in Western Massachusetts

Images pictured from left to right, top to bottom are labeled below.  Click on the label and it will take you to the image on the 350.org Flickr site and will include any descriptions of their events submitted with the photo.

  1. Montague, MA – Montague Neighbors
  2. Lenox, MA – Evergreen Environmental Club
  3. Monterey, MA
  4. Greenfield, MA – Climate Carnival at Greenfield HS. (photo credit: Daniel A. Brown)
  5. Old Deerfield, MA – Sarah Pirtle Concert
  6. Deerfield, MA – Eaglebrook School
  7. Northfield, MA – (photo credit: Maribeth Dawkins)
  8. Ashfield, MA
  9. South Hadley, MA – Mosier Science Buddies Program
  10. Northampton, MA – Laural Park
  11. Amherst, MA – Amherst College (photo credit: Jessica Mestre)
  12. Northampton, MA – N’hampton Climate Action (photo credit: David Solfiell)
  13. Sunderland, MA – Sunderland Kindergarten (photo credit: Susan Breines)
  14. Amherst, MA – Amherst 350 Committee
  15. Williamstown, MA – Williamstown Elementary School (photo credit: Cheryl Sacks)
  16. Cummington, MA – 350 Neighbors (photo credit: Richard Shephard)
  17. Great Barrington, MA – (photo credit: Jamie Goldenberg)
  18. Cummington, MA – 350 Neighbors (photo credit: Richard Shephard)

350.org International Climate Action Day in the Hilltowns (Oct. 24th, 2009)

Join us on October 24th in Cummington, MA!

Join other hilltown families on October 24th in Cummington, MA for 350. International Climate Action Day!

Amy Pulley of Cummington, MA writes:

Dear Friends,

Save the date! Spread the word! October 24th is the 350.org International Climate Action Day. Come be part of our local action at Warner Farm (4 Porter Hill Road) in Cummington, MA from 2:00 pm on into the evening.

  • Ongoing from 2pm – 350 Neighbors slide show and photo display in the big beautiful Warner Farm barn. We still need about 200 more photos to reach our 350 goal! Bring your photos of native local plants and animals to the Old Creamery and send them by e-mail to wsrw@verizon.net to enter them in the slide show. Go to the hilltownsustainability.org website to preview the slide show. Call Amy at the Old Creamery with questions.
  • Ongoing from 2pm – Community Cider pressing! There will be 4 cider presses available. Bring your locally harvested apples (no spray preferred) and your own containers to take home your fresh-pressed cider!
  • 3pm – Group photo with 350 written in apples to send to legislators.
  • 6pm – Local and wild foods potluck. All welcome.
  • Throughout the afternoon and evening – Bonfire to warm us. Local musicians to sing to and with us. Weed walk.

Other events to be announced. If you have ideas, please come on Wed. Oct. 7th, 2009 to the sustainability meeting (7:30pm at the Village Congregational Church in Cummington, MA) to add them to the mix. More info coming.

Share Images Of Local Native Plants & Animals at the Old Creamery in Cummington


Wild native plants, animals and insects in the hilltowns. Pictured here: Golden Orb Weaver Spider, Tiny Toad, Coltsfoot, Fox Den, Trillium, Ringneck Pheasants, Skunk Cabbage, Luna Moth and Virginian Tiger Moth (caterpillar). (Photo credits: Sienna Wildfield)

Rosemary Wessel of Cummington, MA writes:

350 Neighbors : A Project to Support 350.org

All over the world, on October 24 2009, thousands of communities will add their unique voices to the global chorus calling for legislators to act swiftly and boldly to reduce Earth’s atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels back to or below 350 ppm. The organization, 350.org, has put out a call for everyone on the planet to express their concern about climate change by creating or participating in a local, community-based, media engaging, and beautiful action which can be documented and sent via internet to our legislators.

For all of human history until about 200 years ago, our atmosphere contained 275ppm of CO2. Today, CO2 levels are at 389 ppm and rising by about 2 ppm per year.  Recent research by James Hansen of NASA indicates that 350 ppm is probably the upper limit of safe CO2 levels for human life ” if we wish to maintain a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on earth is adapted”.

In December of 2009, world leaders from every nation will meet in Copenhagen to finalize a new climate change agreement. 350.org is a global effort to convince our leaders to make 350 ppm the “north star” guiding us back out of the danger zone.


350 Neighbors is a local project to express how precious the bountiful diversity of life is to us here in the hilltowns. We are lucky to live in a place where wild plants and animals still enrich our daily lives. 350 Neighbors is a project to appreciate and celebrate our wildlife neighbors and express our concern for the future of our lives and theirs by creating a local 350.org action.

We’re organizing a day of events on October 24, the International Day of Climate Action. Have ideas? Want to help? Contact Amy at 634-5659

Now for the fun part! How YOU can participate!

The Old Creamery in Cummington, MA will be collecting 8 ½” x 11″ photos or drawings of our wild plant and animal neighbors. We are displaying them at the Old Creamery until a date in October when we will create a big display and slide show of all the photos we collect. Come watch the store come alive with beautiful images!  Bring in pictures that you have taken locally of your wild neighbors.  (Preferably not the guy next door in his loin cloth.) We will try to get at least 350 different local species, but all duplicates will be included in the show. We would love to have the 350 be native plants and animals, but if you are in love with that hybrid rose by your back door, we will include it in a non-native section of the show. Please fill out a form with each picture you submit to help us all learn about our neighbors. Let’s remind our legislators what is at stake in Copenhagen.


    The form is available at the Creamery, where the photos are currently being displayed. Bring in your 8-1/2 x 11 print, fill out the form and we’ll gladly display it!
    If possible, please also email any digital originals or scanned photos to Rosemary Wessel (wsrw@verizon.net) to be used in the slide show. If you don’t have a digital original or a scanner, please email to let us know, so we can scan it for the show.

Don’t forget to let us know your name, where the photo was taken, the approximate date it was taken, the species name if you know it and any comments or story connected with the image.


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