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Ring Out for Climate!

A seagull flies over the ancient alarm bell of Chersonesos, Crimea. (AdobeStock_76303108/Shchipkova Elena)

Bells of Fun Action for the Planet – Sat., October 30 at 2 pm

On Saturday, October 30th, a world-wide environmental and climate action event is happening. It is relatively simple to do and also a lot of fun. You are invited to chime in!

Here’s the action: At 2 pm (your time zone) on Saturday, October 30th, church bells, shofars, gongs, etc. ring for ten minutes. Everybody joins in with drums, hand bells, howling voices, pots and pans. (Rain date: Sunday, October 31st, 2 pm)

Here’s the reason: COP26 starts on October 31 in Glasgow, Scotland, (a city on target to be carbon neutral by 2030). COP26 is a global event, sponsored by the UN as the 26th Climate Conference.

A church bell ringer Edward Gildea of East Anglia, UK initiated this idea, calling it Ring Out for Climate. He and his comrades are aiming to get all the church bells in the UK to ring out for 10 minutes at 6 pm October 30 (which is 2 pm EST). It’s an entrenched part of English culture that when their island nation is under threat, all the church bells sound the alarm to activate the people to protect their land, which is what we all need to do now! 

Mr. Gildea is thrilled that we in the U.S. are chiming in. This is being spread to pro-climate groups throughout the world. A couple of local examples are: Elders for Future Generations of Maine are joining in; New Paltz Climate Action Coalition is taking this on and developing hand-outs and press releases.

Please invite everyone in your circle to join in. This is something that can and should be done all over the planet.

If any participating group has the means to do so, please share your live-streamed video far and wide.

Bear in mind that this idea is very adaptable. It can consist of a few people making noise on a street corner, or a larger rally with music, percussion, street theater, and visuals leading up to the main sounding, along with simple hand-outs and willingness to engage with intrigued passers-by.

To follow up after the event, we need to educate the public and encourage citizens to contact the White House and other elected officials. It is time to demand the need to get really serious, real fast about stopping fossil and nuclear fuel projects and support sustainable energy and production practices.

Feel free to be in touch with Barbara Kidney, in the Hudson Valley of NY for assistance at 845-744-5824 or stonypoint55@ipsecinfo.org.

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