Treehugger predicts that this Saturday, April 14, at 12 noon, New York City will have the biggest environmental event since the first Earth Day in 1970. Get out your blue shirts! Why? Because the New York event, called Sea of People, aims to line up thousands of participants along the predicted climate-change flood lines in Manhattan. The blue-swathed masses will represent the water's edge (map courtesy of Treehugger).
Back in the Big Green Apple (I stole that phrase from writer Ben Jervey, one of Sea of People's organizers, who titled his book with it), Saturday's event still needs volunteers to help organize the line up along the threatened water's edge. Want to help? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up at the volunteers' traning session on Thursday at Battery Park from 6-8 PM.
Either way, on Saturday, make your way to Battery Park at the southernmost tip of Manhattan at noon for the event itself. Before the line up along the threatened water's edge, we'll get the treat, according to Sea of People, of hearing, among others:
+Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir
+Special Guest Bill McKibben (Founder/Organizer of National Step It Up 2007 Campaign)
+The Himalayan Marching Band, DJ Small Change and MC Haysoos from WadeWaters
Oh, um, and one more thing. I'm glad to say that Treehugger gave me the qualified thumbs up for my appearance on the Colbert Report on Monday/Tuesday. "In the end," Treehugger said, "No Impact Man aka Colin Beavan held up quite well." (Of course, they didn't see the shivering wreck I turned into when it was finally all over.)
Meanwhile, if NPR is more to your taste than Colbert, I talked about the No Impact experiment on Talk of the Nation on the same day, and you can listen to it here.
Looking forward to seeing you at Sea of People on Saturday!
This post also appears in my Green Parenting column for Time Out New York Kids, appearing every Wednesday. For resources on eco-friendly stores and restaurants, or simply to plan a weekend outing, visit them at tonykids.com.
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