When 350.org put the call out for a global day of climate action on 10/10/10, Bay Localize resoundingly answered with a series of work days in partnership with our allies.
In the East Bay, over 350 people took part in Get Down and Dirty Oakland!, working wonders on the community garden at Laney College, and transforming it into rich beds of newly planted vegetables and lettuces. The garden will also be irrigated with some help from another project of the day: a newly installed rainwater catchment system!
Young and old had the opportunity to participate in workshops on climate change, Prop 23, and urban gardening, while hearing from local leaders, enjoying good food, and gettin’ down local hip hop talent. The message was loud and clear: Oakland is a key nexus of the movement for a future beyond fossil fuels, and is showing the world how it’s done. Bay Localize would like to give a shout-out to our partners: CommuniTree and the Clean Energy Tour, Greenpeace, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, HOPE Collaborative, Laney College and Sustainable Peralta, and all the individual participants!
Partner Groups Plant New Gardens for Climate Resilience
Also on 10/10/10, we helped coordinate events at partner sites around the Bay:
- Graze the Roof, a sister project run by former Bay Localize intern Maya Donelson, hosted a workday at their second rooftop garden in San Francisco. Nine stories above the Tenderloin District, volunteers and residents of the Cecil B. Williams Community House painted planters and chairs to beautify the patio space.
- Petaluma Bounty hosted a workday at their farm near downtown Petaluma. Volunteers, including several local high school students, helped weed, mulch and prepare for the winter, supporting Petaluma Bounty’s goals of creating a more sustainable and equitable food system in the Petaluma community.
- Urban Tilth had youth and adult volunteers turn out at their Greenway site, as part of a full day of events in Richmond. They were able to get winter greens in the ground, and hosted a workshop on herbal medicine.