- Put up Dots: A more mysterious way to put up your blue dots is to just post a “Blue Dot” or “Blue Dot” Poster (a circle of cardboard painted blue works great!) that links to the www.climatedots.org website, or put up information about how climate change is affecting your community. Or just leave them as blue dots: you’ll probably reach a few less people initially, but a creative campaign like this might get the attention of the media, local bloggers, and others, who could spread your message far and wide.
- Hold a Dot: Get together with one to 1,000 other people, each carrying a Blue Dot that they have made out of blue construction paper or a cardboard circle painted blue and stand or march along your city or town’s new coastline or the highwater mark of a flood or storm surge.
- Blue Bicycles: Mark out a bicycle route in your city that follows the new coastline and on Climate Impacts Day host a bicycle parade along the route with everyone dressed completely in blue (encourage people to get creative and decorate their bikes). Check out the 350 EARTH page for ideas and inspiration. If you’re already being impacted, do the same thing but in a canoe.
- Blue Flash Mob: Get together a group of people to mingle along a sidewalk (or in a plaza or park) that’s along your route. Ask everyone to wear blue (and maybe even put on some blue face paint). At a given signal, join hands or lay down along the waterline. Have on person hold a sign that says, “2012 Hurriciane XXXX HighWaterLine” or “Your 2030 Coastline Courtesy of Global Warming” or retrace where a river once was.
- Get in the water: A different way to get across the message about sea level rise is to go get in the water. You could set up a living room on the beach, recreate an office in the water, host an underwater press conference with your Mayor, or more. Here are a few photos of some previous in-the-water or underwater actions that 350.org supporters have organized in the past:
These are just a few of the ways that you can creatively show how sea level rise is effecting your community. What about if you don’t want to “dot” but have another idea? That’s great! Make sure to sign up your event and check out the other sections of the website to get advice on how to recruit for your effort, get media, and share a compelling photo and video of your action. MORE RESOURCES: It’s important to be factually accurate when presenting compelling statistics about sea level rise. The information on Climate Central has been peer reviewed and the Firetree simulator is taken from NASA data. Take a few minutes to familiarize with the language they use to describe the probability of sea level rise and the different scenarios. You don’t need to be an expert, but should have your basic facts down and know where to send people for more information. Here are some additional resources on global warming and sea level rise:
- Climate Central has some great research and reports: http://sealevel.climatecentral.org/
- The EPA has a good web page on climate change and sea level rise with lots of links: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/effects/coastal/index.html
- This blog post from Al Gore is a good explanation of the threat of sea level rise: http://climaterealityproject.org/2012/01/31/from-antarctica-to-bangladesh-the-story-of-rising-seas