Editorial: '10/10/10' is people power

<p> Here&rsquo;s what&rsquo;s important today about the issue of global warming: Without your personal involvement, little progress will be made; but when millions of like-minded people work together, change will come and progress can be made.</p><p> That&rsquo;s the essence of the &ldquo;10/10/10 Global Work Party,&rdquo; a symbolic work day on Oct. 10 sponsored by Bill KcKibben and 350.org, an international organization devoted to solving the world&rsquo;s climate crisis. The hope is that hundreds of thousands of citizens around the world will conduct events that demonstrate practical ways to reduce the collective carbon footprint within each person&rsquo;s community. Already more than 5,000 events have been organized in more than 174 countries. (See <a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201009groups-gear-global-climate-work-... on Page 1A.)</p><p> In Addison County, at least 10 events have been planned and more are encouraged. Events range from putting up a clothesline in the back yard of the French House on the Middlebury College campus to Middlebury&rsquo;s Congregational Church encouraging parishioners to walk or ride bikes to church services that morning.</p><p> Importantly, one particularly inclusive activity is being hailed as a &ldquo;Carbon Buster Fashion Show,&rdquo; a two-hour rally on Middlebury&rsquo;s town green from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. that Sunday that will demonstrate how to build various projects to reduce our carbon footprint, such as bike racks or a solar panel with soda cans.</p><p> For true believers, it&rsquo;s an exciting endeavor that helps build a worldwide grassroots movement to addresses the global warming threat.</p><p> We can imagine, however, others out there who are wondering why &mdash; if there are so many events already scheduled and the message will be sent to one degree or the other &mdash; they should bother. How is it, they think with a note of skepticism, that one individual&rsquo;s participation will make any difference?&nbsp;</p><p> It&rsquo;s a good question and it depends on one&rsquo;s personal outlook on life. If you think the world is going to hell in a hand basket and there&rsquo;s nothing you can do about it, you will likely check out, watch the tube, and let others carry the burden. But if you&rsquo;re someone who believes in self-reliance and who feels responsible for the consequences of your individual actions, then get involved.</p><p> It won&rsquo;t take much to do some constructive action to recognize the day and the cause (even learning about it is a good first step), but the very act of doing it will start to change your behavior and your thinking &mdash; and that&rsquo;s what this global workday on the tenth day of the tenth month of 2010 is all about.</p><p align="right"> Angelo S. Lynn</p>

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