Here are some common questions about organizing an event for a 350.org global day of action. If you have questions about 350 more generally please visit our general FAQ section: Understanding 350.
If there is no action registered in my area, what should I do?
Start your own! Truly, anyone can be an action organizer. If time constraints absolutely don't allow it, perhaps try asking some friends or neighbors to take the lead with the promise of your support. We hope to see actions in as many places as possible, big and small.
What kind of background experience do I need to organize a 350 action in my community?
None! Everyone and anyone can be an 350 organizer.
If you're totally new to all climate change and/or organizing, first take some time to review all the information and materials here on the 350.org website. After you have a bit more of an understanding of the science of 350 and what kind of actions are possible (and it's really quite open-ended), talk to a friend or two or perhaps talk to a local organization that might be interested, and have a discussion of what you might do together. That's what organizing is—talking to your friends and neighbors and then deciding to act.
How do I get the number 350 into my action photo?
The truth is that a banner is often the simplest, surest way to get a big 350 into your image. Click here to check out a good banner-making guide. But not every action needs a banner, and even banners can involve more creativity than just a big number. Here is a good place for a creative friend or volunteer to lend a hand.
Think about banners that say "Beirut for 350!" (in Arabic) or "Vamos 350!" (in Buenos Aires). Or think about forming a huge 350 out of the people attending the action, or for bicycle actions consider forming a 350 out of bicycles, or for trash clean-ups maybe form a 350 out of the trash collected from your site.
Be creative and have fun with it—and be sure to plan in advance and designate a friend or photographer to make sure you get the digital photo image you need to submit to 350.org afterwards.
How many people need to be at my action?
The short answer is, as many as possible.
Numbers count—a thousand is better than a hundred is better than a dozen in terms of sheer impact. But there are exceptions—maybe you are hoisting a 350 banner in a hard-to-get-to place: on top of Mount Everest, say. In that case, a few is as good as a crowd. Or maybe you're in a small town, or you're organizing your gathering at a small mosque, temple, or church.
For the most part, if you exhaust your email lists and the email lists of your friends, if you make sure to involve as many local organizations and community members as possible, and you work to build local publicity in advance, you'll have plenty of people to make a statement.
How do I get media attention for my action?
Getting media to cover your action is one of the best ways to reach a larger audience.
Look out for more information about how to get media attention as we get closer to October.
- Plan an interesting, exciting, and new kind of action.
- Call TV channel, radio, and newspaper offices and let them know what you are doing.
How can I submit my action photo?
If you'd like to submit a photo now, just submit them as attachments in an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org -- in the subject line, please include the action location (city and country) and in the body please include a description of the photo(s).
On the day of action, you'll be able to submit a more complete "action report" which will let you create your own page on 350.org all about your action, complete with photos, videos, event descriptions and news coverage.