Festival putting boot into climate change
The 10:10 Hungary organisation will join an international action day on Sunday 10 October as part of a global campaign led by 350.org to cut global carbon emissions by 10 per cent a year, starting in 2010. In 150 countries around the world from Albania to the USA, schools, businesses, organisations and individuals will participate in actions to raise awareness about climate change.
Initially launched in the United Kingdom last year, the 10:10 civil initiative reached Hungary in July with the support of British Ambassador Greg Dorey and deputy state secretary in charge of energy and climate policies Péter Olajos.
The activities will start with a climate football match pitching famous Olympic sportsmen against climate-change scientists and researchers at the Vasas-UNIQA Fáy Street Football Training Centre, followed by a climate quiz with “green” awards for winners.
The programme continues in the afternoon at the Gödör Club with a film screening of Green London Guide about Londoners applying green solutions in their daily life, a postcard exhibition, concerts featuring Ethnosound jam and Columbian Shango Dely, and an evening party with Tumba y Quema and Rafael Santa Cruz.
Volunteers from 10:10 will provide information about the campaign and practical aspects of carbon-footprint reduction.
Entrance is free for all events.
Climate football match: Vasas-UNIQA Football Training Centre, District XIII, Fáy utca, (Entrance from Béke utca).
Climate Festival: Gödör Club, Budapest District V, Erzsébet Square.
More info: www.1010global.org/hu (Hungarian only), www.350.org
350.org is an international campaign to build a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate change. It says its mission is to “inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis – to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for the planet.”
The focus is on the number 350 – as in parts per million CO2. It believes that if the planet cannot get below this number, the damage we are already seeing from global warming will continue and accelerate. In October of 2009 the movement says it coordinated 5,200 simultaneous rallies and demonstrations in 181 countries.
This weekend it is organising the 10/10/10 Global Work Party when people will put up solar panels, dig community gardens, etc. in the effort to send a strong message to the world’s leaders: “If we can get to work on solutions to the climate crisis, so can you.” In Hungary the effort takes the form of a football match and festival.