Across the planet now we see ever more flood, ever more drought, ever more storms. People are dying, communities are being wrecked — the impacts we’re already witnessing from climate change are unlike anything we have seen before.
But because the globe is so big, it’s hard for most people to see that it’s all connected. That’s why, on May 5, we will Connect the Dots.
In places from drought-stricken Mongolia to flood-stricken Thailand, from fire-ravaged Australia to Himalayan communities threatened by glacial melt, we will hold rallies reminding everyone what has happened in our neighborhoods. And at each of those rallies, from Kenya to Canada, from Vietnam to Vermont, someone will be holding a…dot. A huge black dot on a white banner, a “dot” of people holding hands, encircling a field where crops have dried up, a dot made of fabric and the picture taken from above — you get the idea. We’ll share those images the world around, to put a human face on climate change–we’ll hold up a mirror to the planet and force people to come face to face with the ravages of climate change.
Anyone and everyone can participate in this day. However you choose to participate, your voice is needed in this fight — and you can sign up here. Scroll to the bottom for a few examples of events happening in South Africa.
These will be beautiful events, we’re sure. But they will also have an edge. It’s important for all of us whose lives are being damaged to understand that it’s not our fault. It’s right that we get a little angry at those forces causing this problem. The fossil fuel industry is at fault, and we have to make that clear. Our crew at 350.org will work hard to connect all these dots — literally — and weave them together to create a potent call to action, and we will channel that call directly to the people who need to hear it most.
May 5 is coming soon; we need to work rapidly. Because climate change is bearing down on us, and we simply can’t wait. The world needs to understand what’s happening, and it’s in your power to send the most important alarm humanity has ever heard.
Saturday, 5 May
Rhodes University, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
Land Art – Creating a dot on a particular piece of land that has been effected by climate change. Art Exhibition – Where people can express thier concern about weather patterns/climate change and politicans that dont give a damn, through art works (painting/sculpture ect), dance, drama, poetry etc.
Sign up: http://act.climatedots.org/event/impacts_en/2546#
MayDay for Rivers – uMngeni River Walk
Saturday, 5 May
uMngeni River, Dargle, KwaZulu Natal
A small group of environmentalists passionate about the planet, and particularly water, will begin walking the length of the uMngeni River on 1 May 2012. Starting at uMngeni Vlei – the plateau above Dargle and Fort Nottingham where the river rises – and ending at Blue Lagoon where it rushes into the Indian Ocean. On 5 May as we walk, we will reflect on the state of all rivers that connect us across the planet, many of which are in real trouble. We will join the dots from the Source to the Sea.
Along the way we will be documenting and recording all impacts on the river and posting daily stories of our adventures and findings here. Join the Fellowship of the River the evening before (4 May 18h00) at Tanglewood Country House in Dargle where planet friendly, locally grown food will be served and we will share our river stories. We invite you to walk along your favourite river on 5 May. Do let us know where you’ll be walking and connecting…
Saturday, 5 May
Blouberg Strand, Cape Town, Western Cape
The Green Campus Initiative at UCT will be cleaning up the Blouberg beachfront for Climate Impacts day.
Siyabona tree planting
Saturday, 5 May
Siphapheme, Inqanula, Amavenya schools P O Box 65, Scottburgh, KwaZulu Natal
Learners from three schools in rural Vulamehlo will be planting indigenous trees and food plants at their schools. With recurring periods of water shortages, they are going back to growing the more drought resistant vegetables to supplement their diets and the trees to provide shade from the scorching sun.
Create dots on the beach
Sunday, 6 May
Sunset Beach, Milnerton, Western Cape
One of the biggest impacts of global warming is on our oceans, and thus fishing communities. Join me in cleaning the beach and creating large dots with sand and pebbles! Bring a black bag, gloves, sunglasses/hat and sunscreen (if it’s sunny), umbrella and/or raincoat (if it’s rainy), and a camera if you have one.
Walk for Sustainable Sobriety
Monday, 16 July 16
52 The Highway Street, Florida, Roodepoort, Gauteng
Rev Andre Brink will walk from JHB to KZN by himself to raise awareness and fundraising for sustainable sobriety. He will start on 16 July 2012 and finish on 10 August 2012. Rev Andre chose to walk from JHB to KZN +/- 700 Km over a period of 21 days to educate both adults and children that addiction is not a life sentence. Addiction is 100% curable and the cure is simple.
The birth of this awareness campaign originates from his own abusive childhood that resulted in him being an abuser of substances. His choice field of study naturally veered towards the reason as to why people relapse and repeatedly have to return to rehabilitation centres. He has designed, written and now also facilitates methods and treatments for the treatment of addiction. He feels very strongly about the two-fold process, being the physical and metaphysical healing with a total natural approach. In this manner and to demonstrate the certainty of his conviction that the workable way to sustainable sobriety is a natural process, he has undertaken to make this laborious journey.
We are reaching out to corporate and private companies and individuals, en route and the rest of the country, to assist in this awareness and fundraising campaign by means of sponsorship and/or donations. Sponsorship for accommodation along the whole stretch of the journey is also required, and will be much appreciated.
Apart from raising awareness of the continuous threat of substance abuse and the effect it has on the abuser and society alike, Rev. Andre‘s aim is to also raise enough funds to establish an holistic retreat for the treatment of addiction. This retreat will be the first in South Africa, and possibly the world, where any form of addiction is treated without the use of medication. It will be an affordable, safe environment where the ‘addict’ will identify the reasons he/she has an addictive behaviour and also be given the tools with which to create a sustainable way of a balanced life.
Rev Andre will be walking without any backup to demonstrate the simplicity of sobriety. When passing through their town or city, schools and local businesses en route are invited to walk along with him on that particular leg of the journey. At the end of each day’s walk, Rev Andre will be available to talk and share his point of view and explain his methods of healing. He will perform Auricular Acupuncture, one of the healing principles for the purpose of detoxification, the aiding of addiction, anger, stress, depression, ADD and ADHD on a pre-arranged basis and for a limited number of people.
Sign up and more details: http://act.climatedots.org/event/impacts_en/2831#