Press ReleasesRSS

TitleToreros Join the Global Party for Solutions to Climate Crisis
Date10.05.10
ContactLiz Harman
Contact E-mailharman, at sandiego.edu
Contact Phone(619) 260-4682
Text

All around the world citizens are coming together on Sunday, Oct. 10 to call for solutions to the climate crisis. The University of San Diego will be part of the global work party to advocate for reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere below 350 parts per million, an amount scientists say is necessary to stop the damage from global warming. The day is being organized by 350.org and the 10/10/10 campaign.

Participants hope to send a message to leaders at the local, state, national and global level  that they will work to fight climate change and expect them to do the same. USD students, faculty and staff will demonstrate their commitment by volunteering for projects to improve the environment in its Linda Vista neighborhood. The event takes place during USD’s homecoming weekend.

Members of USD’s party will plant organic and succulent gardens, beautify Linda Vista parks and schools and help improve the trails in the Tecolote Canyon. Media can cover the event on campus from noon to 2 p.m. where students will be upgrading the organic garden in the Missions Crossroads area. At 2 p.m. students will gather for a light meal and photograph outside Mission Crossroads.  Media should use the main (east) USD entrance and then bear right all the way down the hill to Mission Crossroads where it dead ends in a circle.

“The USD community is excited to participate in the work to create a cleaner and healthier environment,” said Tina Carter Thompson, director of USD’s Experiential Learning and the Adventure Center.  “There is power in uniting our students, staff, faculty and alumni to come together, connect and help make a difference in our community. Once people start to ‘live’ this way on a regular basis and strive to educate themselves, change will happen.” In addition to volunteering, students also are encouraged to donate $3.50 to help cover project expenses.

“Our participation in this global work party also reflects the spiritual core of USD,” said Sr. Barbara Quinn, RSCJ, director of USD’s Center for Christian Spirituality. “Holy people throughout the ages are convinced of the oneness of all creation. Our concrete actions on 10/10/10  and beyond mirror our beliefs that we belong to each other, to the earth and to the Holy Mystery we call God.”

USD is becoming a leader in efforts to promote conservation and sustainability. Next month, the school will officially dedicate the largest solar power system on a private university campus that will generate up to 15 percent of USD’s power needs. This fall, USD also was awarded a major National Science Foundation grant of nearly $1 million to develop innovative communication and education strategies to advance climate science literacy.

Organizations participating in USD’s 10/10/10 efforts include Associated Students, Center for Christian Spirituality, Center for Community Service-Learning, Experiential Learning and Adventure Center, Office of Sustainability, Residential Hall Association, Residential Life and University Ministry.