Common Ground Country Fair's MOVING PLANET Photo Shoot
About The Event
Imagine the powerful image of hundreds—maybe thousands—of Common Ground Country Fair attendees parading through the fair, forming the number 350, then raising their day’s purchases of locally raised pumpkins and skeins of local wool (or their empty hands) to the sky in celebration of the climate change solutions offered by limited consumption and support of local agriculture and economy.
The Common Ground Country Fair brings together people from many walks of life in the spirit of celebration of the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine. As part of the Climate Change focus of the 2011 fair, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and Transition Towns invite all fairgoers to participate in making a large-group photograph that will show support for Moving Planet—a worldwide rally initiated by 350.org to demand solutions to the climate crisis, especially in places where governments are stalling on action despite the overwhelming reality of the climate crisis.
On Saturday Sept 24, meet on the Common at 3:30 pm to be part of this 350.org Moving Planet happening. Volunteer organizers will be on hand to help all participants form a giant "350" inspired formation on the ground, so that at exactly 3:50 PM the photograph of our coordinated effort can be taken from above. This photo will then immediately be sent on to the 350.org website, for inclusion with the thousands of other events occuring around the planet that day.
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The Fair will also feature several other climate change related events including presentations and a greatly anticipated Public Policy Teach-In featuring Lou McNally, Sharon Tisher, Anne D. Burt, Dyland Voorhees, Stephen Mulkey, and John Jemison that will take place Saturday afternoon from 2:00 to 3:30 right before the photo shoot.
Presentations include: "Update: Climate Science, Adaption and Mitigation," "Climate Change Implications for Maine Agriculture," "Humanure: A Solution to Climate Change" and "Climate Change: Where We Stand, What to Do?"
Consult the Common Ground Country Fair website for more information and to plan ahead:
Come spend half an hour with hundreds (or thousands!) of your fellow fairgoers on Saturday afternoon to document our commitment to taking on the challenges of changing our behavior, and our society's and government's behavior, in the face of climate change.