By Alexia Springer
Oil and Honey by Bill McKibben has taught me many things and sparked my interest in many more. His detailed descriptions of apiaries and interesting facts about honey bees cause dreams of having honey bees in my own yard. Along with honey he talks about climate, the fossil fuel industry and the global climate movement 350.org. If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favor and pick it up!
While reading the book, I stayed at a place on Mandalay Beach in California. I know a little about oil spills, but have never been in personal contact with one before. From the beach we could see three off shore drilling rigs. The hotel features a sign that asks you to please wash the tar off your feet before going in from the beach. I found an old article by Kit Stolz about the tar on feet around the Ventura area.
The Climate Ride, Oil and Honey, and tar on California beaches are all connected. I am so happy that 350.org is one of the amazing beneficiaries of the Ride in September. Green transportation is one way we can help reduce our carbon emissions!
Current featured campaigns for 350.org include People’s Climate March NYC, Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, Divest from Fossil Fuels and Global Power Shift. I am amazed at 350.org’s ability to organize mass amounts of people for movements all over the country. Connect the Dots is one such event that connected extreme weather and climate change around the world. Pictures from Brazil, Afghanistan, Egypt, Kenya, New Zealand, Canada, Haiti and all over the US. Israel, South Africa, India, Sweden, Russia, Pakistan and so many more countries with people of all ages in pictures holding signs outlining what the extreme weather is doing in their community. The pages and pages of pictures are stunning.