It's hard for world leaders to ignore millions of people working together across the globe, on one day out of the year, to increase awareness of a problem that won't go away on its own.
Sunday's 10/10/10 Global Work Party , organized by 350.org , turned out to be the biggest day of climate action in history, uniting people celebrating climate solutions at more than 7,000 events in 188 countries.
While children were picking up trash on beaches in South America, trees were being planted in Nigeria and Japan. While divers were restoring coral reefs in the Philippines, bicycle rallies were in full force in cities across the U.S. Countless solar panels were installed on roofs, and hundreds of dirt piles were overturned for new gardens. Some nations got pretty creative: in Sweden, "environmental agents" handed out "top-secret" tips for saving energy, and activists dressed in sun, wind, and water costumes to thank subway riders for taking public transit.
Regardless of how communities chose to "party" (check out the reports and photos submitted at 350.org ), the powerful message sent to governments far and wide was the same: We are working hard to address the climate crisis, and we need you to take action too.
Bill McKibben, the head of 350.org, was full of gratitude for the efforts of those who led by example: "We know we can't build the movement we need on just one day," he wrote, "But 10/10/10 made the foundation for our fight much larger and much stronger."