On 5/5/12, 350 activists across the globe came together to Connect the Dots for Climate Impacts Day. With rallies, teach-ins, beach clean-ups, and more, we shone a bright light on the very real impacts that climate change is already having in communities around the world. Our photos from the day are beautiful, moving, and in some cases heartbreaking. But that is not the end of the story, by far. There are so many more dots left to connect!
Add your voice to the ongoing Connect the Dots blog. This is a simple, personal project that can be done by individuals at home. Climate change is already touching all of us. How is it touching you?
How have you been impacted by climate change? Speak in the first person about your own experiences, fears, etc. Try to be concise—a "story" can be no more than a few sentences, and it should definitely be less than a few paragraphs if at all possible. Check out We Are the 99% for inspiration.
If you can, make a large round sign that represents a climate "dot." This can be out of cardboard, a repurposed piece of plastic, stretched fabric, or a large piece of paper. Write or paint your story on the sign. Try to make the color of the sign as high-contrast as possible with whatever ink or paint you will be using for the words (we've found that black Sharpie on white cardboard works really well).
In a global movement—where we can't always see or hear each other in person—pictures are what connect us and drive us. Your Connect the Dots picture doesn't have to be perfectly lit or expertly composed. It just has to be you. We recommend holding your sign up in front of you and taking a photo with your webcam. You can then flip the photo so that the sign is readable.
Submit your photo, along with the text of your story (for clarity's sake), and join us in connecting the dots. Submit your photo here.
Comment in the Discussions tab with how your "Spread 350" project went, and provide us with feedback or suggestions!
When do you think you'll complete this project?