350 Degree Cookie Bake
We will spread awareness and encourage action to fight climate change by baking dozens of home-made chocolate-chip and oatmeal-raisin cookies at the magic number of 350.
We'll use the yummy-looking (and tasting) cookies to draw kids and their parents to our booth, then briefly explain that 350 degrees 'works' for baking cookies--just as 350 ppm of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere 'works' for the Earth's climate. (To illustrate this, we'll have an inflatable, healthy-looking, mostly-blue planet Earth behind the delicious cookies.)
You may be able to guess where we're going next with this idea! Namely, next to the perfectly-baked 350-degree cookies, we will also have a plate of 450-degree-baked cookies. These will not look so good--especially if we leave them in the oven for the same length of time (which is only fair, scientifically). Then we'll explain that these cookies represent where our planet may be headed, unless we all begin to work now to reduce our use of fossil fuels, especially coal. (At this point, if we have their interest, we may go on to say something about how current coal mining methods (mountain top removal) are destroying forests, mountains and streams in several parts of our beautiful country.) Of course, these 450-degree cookies will be in front of a hot-looking, inflated planet Earth.
Note: If this action seems to work well, we plan to take it, fresh cookies and all, on the road to Burlington, Vermont, to the 350.org Vermont Event on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at Battery Park, overlooking beautiful Lake Champlain. We hope to serve good cookies, and good information to hundreds more there, including perhaps some friends and founders of 350.org. Along the way, we'll also try to get some pictures to upload to the 350.org site.
This action is sponsored by The Global Warming Education Network (GWEN). For more information on GWEN, please visit our website at www.gwenet.org. (We are working on a new addition to our website, so please check back often.) Thank you!