Help Your Community and Send a Climate Message to Your Lawmakers on 10-10-10

This Sunday, people around the globe will be rolling up their sleeves to help curb global warming. You can join them.

Author Bill McKibben has identified 10-10-10 as a day when people can get together to do community projects that help reduce carbon emissions: putting up solar panels, fixes bikes, or planting community gardens.

McKibben knows that these actions alone will not solve the crisis of climate change. We need comprehensive legislation to do that.

But McKibben does believe the 10-10-10 events can send a powerful message to our politicians: “We are getting to work. What about you?”

If people across the country—and around the world—can make the effort to clean up their communities, surely our leaders can walk to the Senator floor and hammer out a climate law.

McKibben is encouraging people to organize their own 10-10-10 events, then at the end of the day, put down their shovels or bike wrenches, pick up their phones, and call their Congressmen to say it’s time for leaders to do their share.

Here is an NRDC video of McKibben explaining his thinking behind 10-10-10.


McKibben is one of my favorite authors. I have been inspired by his writing for decades, but I am also motivated by his actions.

When lawmakers started dragging their heels on climate legislation despite mounting scientific evidence and growing public concern, McKibben launched a grassroots campaign in 2007. The first year, his group prompted 2,000 rallies. Last year, they featured 5,200 demonstrations in 181 nations and all seven continents. This year’s 10-10-10 promises to be even bigger.

Now is the time to make our voices heard. There are many special interests actively working to block climate action. The oil and gas industry alone spent $175 million into the political system last year. Politicians needs to hear loud and clear from American voters that we want the clean air, green jobs, and economic growth that climate legislation will bring. 

Click here to find out how you can add your voice—and your sweat equity—to the events on 10-10-10.