Members of the Environmental Awareness Club (EAC) at The University of Texas-Pan American decorated their bikes with signs promoting recycling and climate solutions and hit the hike and bike trail in McAllen for "10.10.10 Global Work Party."
Oct. 10, 2010 was declared a day to celebrate climate solutions by 350.org, an international campaign aimed at uniting the world in a movement to solve the current climate crisis. Bill McKibben, co-founder and global organizer of 350.org sent a message to the world on the subject of our environment and what can be done to preserve it.
"Dear world, it's been a tough year...so we're having a party," McKibben stated in his message.
Global 350 campaigns are geared toward lowering carbon emission and sending individuals and communities, including politicians, a message encouraging everyone to work on the worldwide crisis.
Approximately 7,347 events took place in 188 countries. All countries were invited to participate and UTPA's EAC took them up on the offer, registered online, decorated their bikes with posters promoting 350.org and a change in legislation concerning climate change and named their event the "956 10.10.10" work party for environmental awareness.
"The event fit nicely with the mission of the EAC," said Rigoberto Munoz, a freshman majoring in biology and pre-med at UTPA. "The goal of our club is to advocate for greenways and this was a great way to ask people to join us in our efforts."
During the bike ride, UTPA students cleaned the streets of McAllen by picking up trash along the way. Participating in global events such as Global Work Party makes Martin Hernandez, a freshman and environmental science major, feel great.
"I'm always wondering what it means if I pick up one bottle, what difference does it make," Hernandez said. "But at events like the this one I feel like the difference I can make does add up."
For more information on UTPA's sustainability efforts visit the Office for Sustainability's website.