Monthly Archives: October 2009

Climate Action Day Engages the World with Science, 350

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The Science from 350.org

A campaign is launched around the science of 350  and the world responds by participation unparalleled  for a global day of action on the Climate Challenge. The summary of 350: it  is the safe amount of CO2 in the atmosphere to stop global climate change.  According to scientific research, it is our target.  How do we get everyone focused on the goal target?  This  event generates momentum, a call to action, not just in the USA Senate or at the UN’s Conference in Copenhagen, but from each of us to ourselves.  As we become more aware of, and start to take personal responsibly for our environment.  This resonates true for many people, as we witness the length and breadth people went to globally to participate all around the world.  Their actions are captured in the photos taken on this historical day, here below is what we did.

World Team Now ended up being involved in the production of three events for this day.  Two within  our New York  communities;  and one in our base in Malibu, California.
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Thanks to Principal Mrs. Edie O’Brian and supportive teachers at Our Lady of Malibu School, our World Team Aerial Art event was a success.   Our production team made it happen, and we appreciate the work done by Emma Cramp of SpectralQ, Nicole Picard and Laura Fercano of World Team Now.  Our goal was to raise awareness and have fun.

The  launch of  Our Lady of Malibu’s School’s new computer building, was schedule for the same day.  The original computer building burned down in the Malibu fires.  World Team started a solar roof campaign for Our Lady of Malibu School’s new computer building on Climate Action Day October 24th , with the first donation.  What was taken away by the fire, now newly re-built, might someday gain it’s energy from the fire of the sun, with a solar roof.

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School children were the real stars, and after all it is for them we have to act.  A week of Causes, which gave them a break from their school uniform, wearing red and a smile for “Just say no to drugs”, and learning  from groups focused on service and change; 350, World Team Now and Spectral Q.

DSC01257DSC01261DSC01238After “Crazy Legs” Skate Club on Wednesday  at the Brooklyn Salvation Army, skaters for World Team Now made amends for the North Eastern that kept the masses away in Central Park last Saturday the 17th with the CPDSA event.  We played around with different ways to enbody zero missions.

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There were still die hard skaters from CPDSA and World Team Now supporters, that showed up any way, evidenced by the photo below by photographer Fred George.This event occurred because of the support of a team of many but especially Michael from Tavern on the Green, Sinan Kamagate, Bob Nichols, and our ever dedicated board member and photographer Albert Boulanger.  Yes, World Team Now is growing!

Time for Global Climate Action

We may end up with a Climate Event in every country in the world, by Global Climate Action Day, this Saturday the 24th of October, thanks to the team work, lead by Bill Mc Gibbens and 350.org. Our participation at World Team Now started local this year, with events on both coasts in our home communities — New York, and California.


World Team Now (WTN)has teamed up with others to make our happen 3,5, & 0 happen: 350.org, SpectralQ, Unite Now, Central Park Dance Skaters Association (CPDSA), Crazy Legs, The Salvation Army in Brooklyn, and Our Lady of Malibu School. It’s exciting to align with people from all over the world demonstrating their passion for our future.

Posted on 350’s website is one extraordinary event after another.

 

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Bill McKibben & WTN's Founder Suzanne Maxx

Bill McKibben 350’s founder says, “It is the single most widespread day of political action that the earth has ever seen.” Here are some highlights from around the world:

  • A Global 350 Mosaic: Organizers in Sydney and Beijing are forming giant human 3’s, while activists in London and Delhi make huge 5’s, and citizens in Copenhagen and Quito form enormous 0’s, together making a global 350, a symbol of the need for all of us to work together.
  • In Kenya, 350 Maasai children will perform a jumping dance, highlighting that for their pastoral lifestyle, climate change is already underfoot.
  • Across China, over 200 events are planned at iconic locations like wind-turbine farms, coastal cities, and at melting glaciers.

If you don’t want to see for yourself now, Saturday afternoon you will be able to view on a gigantic screen in Times Square and broadcast around the world. Like the Ball dropping to begin the New Year, this time the world will begin to count down the day to U.N. Climate Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) and hopefully we all will be reminded we have to really pay attention to time, and living in balance with our environment.

Here is a sneak preview of one of our images we shot in Central Park last Saturday 17th “Rollin the “O”  .

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Skaters for World Team Now in Central Park New York, USA

One image from this shoot with photographer Fred George will be put in a montage made by SpectralQ. Normally we have several hundred people there for the skate circle in the park and we were happy that there were a few that came out  to skate, despite what NYC skaters consider to be bad weather.  This was our first Aerial art piece and made us really appreciate artists like John Quigley of Spectral Q.  Skaters’ love to inspire others to get rolling, so we had fun out there! But we wanted to continue with our aerial art attempt on skates so we did an impromptu piece  at the Salvation Army in Brooklyn, NY.

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Skaters for World Team Now at the Salvation Army in Brooklyn, NY after Crazy Legs “O”

Tomorrow World Team Now and Our Lady of Malibu School are joining together for an Aerial Art Piece lead by Spectral Q.  Students will make the 350, and it coincidences with two other events.  They will be wearing red because it is the “Just say NO to drugs week” as well.  Also two years ago during the Malibu fires, our Lady of Malibu School’s computer building had burnt down and tomorrow is also the launch of the new computer room opening.  When we pitched the idea to Our Lady of Malibu School’s principal Edie O’Brien, with our Solar Roof project at the Sunset Restaurant, we had the idea to start a Solar Roof Campaign for the school and Mrs. O’Brien loved it.  World Team Now is making the first donation for the Solar Roof Campaign at our Lady of Malibu School.

And if you haven’t found an event to join yet, you can find one here,

Or  hopefully by seeing some of our ideas you will be inspired to create your own event, it’s not too late.  No 350 is too small.

A global campaign of action based on sound scientific evidence is something that is all inclusive, so let’s join!

It takes a team!


350 Climate Policy Rollin’ Forward

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CPDSA and World Team Now will team up to organize a human zero,  “O”,  made up of in-line and roller skaters in New York City’s Central Park.  Saturday, the 17th from 4:00-5:00 we plan to be part of a global action for the upcoming U.N. Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December, and to make a zero, “O” on skates, to get back to 350 CO2 emissions levels.  We will be on wheels, that are a “clean” form of transportation.  It will be shot from above, and when we start moving, rolling along, it will symbolize the movement we need to have with world leaders to ratify an international Climate Treaty, and for the Energy Bill stuck in the Senate. CPDSA and World Team Now will team up with 350.org, Spectral Q., for a human montage to post on Unite Now part of the global Climate Action Day-October 24th .

Our “movement” will symbolize the environmental movement and demonstrate the importance of the Energy Bill moving through the USA Congress, and encourage world leaders attending the upcoming international COP15 UN conference to move to create a global Climate treaty. We will team up to make the “O” for SpectralQ’s 350 human montage, .  The other 3 and the 5 will be made in cities like Copenhagen and Kyoto.  Scientists say that 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere is the safe limit for humanity. Skating is a zero emissions form of transportation, we are more than a stand, we are a movement, for net zero buildings,  Zero emissions, for meeting the 350 emissions target, plus national international Climate Action, and for a World Team Now.


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The Flow of Tidal Energy

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The world is moving so fast now, it seems by the time you read these words, there is something new and more important, and World Team Now is growing faster than we can keep up with it.   The vision for World Team began 20 years ago September.  The Anniversary present is, the present awareness now, as humanity is embracing “Going Green”.

Our environmental movement is picking up speed, globally.  New and alternative energy, technology and public policy are emergent.  It’s exciting to watch alternative sources of energy, coming from the Earth, Air, Fire, and Water as Heat/Coolant Geothermal, Wind, Solar and especially, Tidal Energy— to take the limelight.

World Team Now is excited about our partnership with Tidal Today for the  3rd International Tidal Energy Summit.  Tidal Energy’s Day is near! Find out how to overcome technical, financial, consenting, and infrastructure challenges to ensure tidal energy can deliver on 2020 renewable targets.

Since our human bodies and our world are mostly water, it seems that the developing Tidal Energy will play a significant role in the natural renewable energy mix.   You will have a chance to be on the pulse of the energy movement by joining the team of tidal pioneers in London to learn about Tidal Energy, and see new emergent technologies and systems, from their innovation to implementation. The entire industry will benefit from this event as governments pays attention to challenges and investors eagerly eye up which opportunities will make the most economic sense. This is a unique opportunity to find out first hand, click here to register now.

If you are serious about doing business in tidal energy plus getting valuable strategies and insights to streamline the development process join the highest concentration of tidal developers all in one room, this event is the place to network and do business with tidal energy pioneers.

Hear from global pioneers including Marine Current Turbines, Open Hydro, Verdant Power, Atlantis Resources Corporation, Voith Hydro and many more at: 3rd International Tidal Energy Summit, London, November 17-18th. We hope to help bring Tidal Energy forward to the public.

Since our human bodies and our world are mostly water, it seems that the developing Tidal Energy will play a significant role in the natural renewable energy mix.   You will have a chance to be on the pulse of the energy movement by joining the team of tidal pioneers in London to learn about Tidal Energy, and see new emergent technologies and systems, from their innovation to implementation. The entire industry will benefit from this event as governments pays attention to challenges and investors eagerly eye up which opportunities will make the most economic sense. This is a unique opportunity to find out first hand, click here to register now. Developers in the wave and tidal industry have been invited to bid for GBP 22 million of government funding. The Marine Renewables Proving Fund, announced by the government in July, will allow for the commercial development of marine energy.  It’s time to go with the flow….

Other “sister” Conferences our partners at Tidal Today are producing this year, in the alternative renewable energy sector, include:

  • Offshore Great Lakes Oct 21-22
  • Solar Investment and Finance USA Summit Nov 12-13
  • Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Summit Nov 4-5
  • Offshore Wind Installation Nov 11-12
  • 3rd CSP Spain Nov 11-12
  • Wind Operations and Maintenance Nov 17-18
  • 3rd Tidal Energy Nov 17-18
  • Thin Film USA Dec 1-2
  • Printed Electronics (OLED Lighting) Dec 1-2
  • Balance of Plants and Balance of Systems Dec 1-2
  • Solar Investment and Finance Europe Dec 2-3

“The Sunset” is on the Rize

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Thanks to all of your support, our chosen venue for World Team Now’s solar installation:

The Sunset Restaurant is nominated as, “The Best Venue” in LA! 

 Since our 2007 Gala dinner at The Sunset to announce our long term installation plan to demonstrate a solar energy project, and launch a public commercial campaign and education program, the restaurant has been a non-stop winner.  

Of course it’s really due to the owners’ vision, management, chef, events team, staff, interior design, Feng Shui of the place, local & global clientele, and of course it’s number one location, being on the beach at Malibu’s Zuma Beach near the sacred Point Dume.  It’s iconoclastic location, surrounded by raw earth cliffs behind and the vast ocean in front — amidst nature — is rare in LA, where it is the only commercial building, solo, on the beach, for an exclusive meeting with nature.  You cannot beat this location for seeing sunsets, dolphins and whales breaching while dining.  So please do your part to support our World Team Now’s chosen venue, and vote here.

Beginning in 2007 The Sunset Restaurant has been on the rise, it was voted Best Southern California Beach Destination Wedding Venue by  WE Entertainment, Los Angeles (City)’s, 2008 it won Best of Project Wedding, 2nd Best Wedding Venue,  Fox LA. This is again largely due to the owners “consciousness”, and their values.  Let’s help them to win “The Best Venue” in LA. Many remember that they hosted a wonderful event at their venue, in support of World Team Now, and our location for World Team Now’s first solar installation.   So again, please take a moment to vote for The Sunset Restaurant now.

“Yes,” He Can–Executive Order

obama-windmill-401x247” Yes”, Obama can, and so he did, with the Executive Order for the US Federal Government.

“As the largest consumer of energy in the U.S. economy, the federal government can and should lead by example when it comes to creating innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, conserve water, reduce waste, and use environmentally-responsible products and technologies,” said President Obama.

Even though the US media paid little attention to President Obama’s Executive order on October 7th, that requires federal agencies to set a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for 2020 within 90 days it might have made up for indirectly by the international community with the reward of the Nobel Peace Prize announcement.  The Executive Order exerts Obama’s Presidential power and his commitment towards action when our bi-partisan Senate is stalled with passing the Energy Bill.  A timely action when the world is looking for an example from the USA, entering into COP15 this December.

“This Executive Order builds on the momentum of the Recovery Act to help create a clean energy economy and demonstrates the federal government’s commitment, over and above what is already being done, to reducing emissions and saving money,” he said.

The Executive Order goes beyond just cutting gree house gasses and addressing anthropogenic climate change it creates structure within the Federal Government to lessen it’s “King Kong” size carbon foot print within EPA, FEMA, HUD, DOE, DOT, and more.

President Obama requires agencies to meet a number of energy, water, and waste reduction targets, including in this Exec. Order:

  • 30 percent reduction in vehicle fleet petroleum use by 2020;
  • 26 percent improvement in water efficiency by 2020;
  • 50 percent recycling and waste diversion by 2015;
  • 95 percent of all applicable contracts will meet sustainability requirements;
  • Implementation of the 2030 net-zero-energy building requirement;
  • Implementation of the storm water provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, section 438; and
  • Development of guidance for sustainable Federal building locations in alignment with the Livability Principles put forward by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

New measures call for all federal agencies to comply with new standards for net zero buildings, electric vehicle fleets, and energy- conscious office practices, and more, amongst the solid practices towards a fully sustainable path.  Integration of energy star appliances, lighting efficiency measures, water conservation, waste reduction and support of sustainable communities, are called for combined with a transparency for reporting specific measurable results, at a pace of response unprecedented in the USA federal government.

Integration via using the web is stressed as is a process of evaluating independent contractors that are awarded government contracts encourage a president of environmental practices.  This Exec Order is really comprehensive, click here to read.

This action reminds me of the story of the woman who asked the Budhist Monk to tell her son to not to eat sugar.  The Monk replied, “Have your son come back next week.”  That next week he told the son, as the mother requested, not to eat sugar.  Smiling, he said to the woman,” I couldn’t tell him last week while I was still eating sugar…”


Eco Fest’s 21st

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World Team Now (WTN) joined the 21st Eco Fest in NYC’s Central Park, Oct. 4th

It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm and our new WTN board member Walter Andrews a charter member of EPA, lead the public outreach with Suzanne Maxx and Albert Boulanger.

There were over 25,00O people through the day.  A Solar Stage with people tap dancing for tap water and Pete Seeger belting out the classic environmental anthem “This Land is your Land..” The River Keeper, and teams of other non-profits, health food, and demo’s of alternative vehicle.

People were drawn to our table because of the skate wheels we were using as paper weights.  This allowed us launch into conversations about alternative forms of transportation, and share materials we had prepared on key links for the global pulse of the environmental movement.

Walter Andrews (EPA & WTN) and Suzanne Maxx (World Team WTN Founder & Exec Director) were invited to speak at the press conference at Tavern on the Green to Launch on October 2nd for the event launch.