In the rain, with raincoats and under brollies, something special happened in Barcelona.

(1 initial report from the 350 / 10:10:10 event from Barcelona in English. )

350.org Stated today: “Yesterday, people at 7347 events in 188 countries got to work on the climate crisis. People joined together to dig community gardens, install solar panels, plant trees and more. We’re sending a clear message to our political leaders: “if we can get to work, so can you!”

AUDIO in Spanish Hort del Fort Pienc | L’Hortet del Forat | Hort del Xino | Hort del Xino – taller de compostage | (Program info – Caminata a los huertos urbanos de Barcelona. 10.10.10 )

As things panned out, in the end in Barcelona, amongst other events, the urban garden tour happened, even though it was officially canceled due to inaccurate weather forecasts of torrential rain all day.

At 11.30 in the community garden of HORT DE FORT PIENC (MARINA) 2 mothers, 3 kids, 2 couples, 1 other woman, gathered in the rain at different times, looked at the garden, talked about 10:10 and how gardens and urban green spots can help reduce emissions by sequestering bits of carbon in the soil, as well as being inital local points for community to take steps in transitioning their communities, as well as being spots for healty connection and learning… Radio interviews were done, fotos were taken, baby carrots were shared out, some green beans were shared out for salads… New connections were made between people, ideas formed that can be built upon. In the rain, with raincoats and under brollies, something special happened.

At 3.30, ish, in the community garden of L’HORTET DEL FORAT (forat de la vergonya, the hole of shame) 5 people assembled, looked at the garden, smelled the many different herbs and leaves there (mint, melissa, thyme, rosemary…) and a radio interview was done. This garden is one of the local council gardens, and is the only one that is open to people of all ages, it is also a self organized / horizontal run group space, many kids from the multi cultural barrio participate. 4 years ago it was a fully auto run space, but was subsequently cleared by the police and council in heavy violence with rubber bullets etc, in, what was termed the day after in the papers, “urban war” in Barcelona.

At 5.30, ish, the tour arrived to a quite packed HORT DEL XINO in the Raval barrio. (“The garden of the barrio china” is so called as in the old days the area was the multicultural area beside the port, similar to “little china” in other port cities, ie NEW YORK etc… ) Lots of groups were doing many different things, 1 big project was the construction of a permacultural technigue of a key hole raised bed. A composting workshop was given by Antonio Scotti, a permacultural teacher and part of the Barcelona transition group, and another radio interview was done with the collective. This garden is open for a year and a half, has a strong mix of people participating, young punks and okupas (squatters), Bangledeshi family, Catalan locals of different ages, families, babies, older people. There is a local council garden at the end of the street, which is only half used. The gardens of Sant Pau,  Hort Sant Pau del Camp, are divided into individual parcels, we tried to visit here too, but were unable to contact anyone to do so, we visited a series of times to try in the lead up… We talked about asking or pushing the council to change their rule that these gardens are only open to old age pensionas, ie, those above 65 years of age…

At 8.00 we reached the bike powered music festival outside the city art gallery in Raval, MACBA, this was a rocking place, many people, we told people about what we did on our garden tour, why gardens matter, how food is a big issue in the reduction of CO2 dependance…

To end the night we went on to ARTKATRAZ, to catch up with people, have a beer, talk about the day, plan to build up a more greener city

Soon we will have photos and radio interviews…

THE REVOLUTION IS FERTILE…. YA!

Infos: 7347 reasons to be grateful | 350 global reports of 10:10 | 10:10 Global | 10:10 España | Guardian UK coverage of 10:10 | Barcelona urban garden wander map | ATENCION SUSPENDIDA LA “Caminata a los huertos urbanos de Barcelona” DEL 10.10.10 | Can Masdeu: RISE OF THE RURBANO REVOLUTION | ‘Forat de la Vergonya’ protests Barcelona | Raons públiques : Propuesta Fort PiencThe Power of Community. How Cuba Survived Peak OilBold, Beautiful, Blooming Barcelona asks: What would it mean to win?

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  2. We Worked: Pictures From the Biggest Day of Climate Action in History (Bill McKibben)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-mckibben/we-worked-pictures-from-t_b_758024.html#s153822

    With 7300-odd work parties in 188 countries , it was the most widespread day of political engagement in the planet’s history, and a real chance for people across the world to say the same thing: We’re fed up with the inaction of our leaders on climate, and we want them to work half as hard as we’re working. Now!

    But that’s from the macro level. One by one, the pictures just tell profound and beautiful stories of people taking the future into their hands. Some are poignant: street children in Rawalpindi Pakistan, flooded out of meager homes by this August’s deluge; or slum dwellers in Bangladesh, standing ankle deep in the water for their work party even as new record storms drove half a million from their homes. Others are exuberant–bike activists in Auckland fixing hundreds of cycles for free (and paying for parts by running a pedal-powered smoothie maker).

    And perhaps the best are the ones that, by random juxtaposition on the Flickr flood of images, tell stories that need telling. We got a picture of young men in Afghanistan planting lots of trees in the valleys around Kabul–imagining a country beyond war. And a few minutes later a picture of a scout troop from the coal state of West Virginia who spent the day earning energy education merit badges, looking not so very different from their Afghani counterparts.

    When it comes to climate change, the world is united in two ways.

    One of them’s bad: around the the planet, the fossil fuel industry has managed to squelch the necessary transition away from coal, gas and oil. That’s why we have to build a movement big enough to matter. We’re not going to beat Exxon Mobil with money; if we beat them it will be with passion, spirit, creativity. With bodies.

    The other is good, awfully good: everywhere there are people ready to picture a possible future and then go to work to make it real. They’re in the northernmost cities on the planet, up there in Iceland; they’re in the southernmost cities, down there in Argentina. Most of them, to judge by the pictures, don’t look like our stereotype of environmentalists: they’re poor, they’re black and brown and Asian, they’re young. They look like the world.

    It makes sense that this would be the most widespread day of civic action ever–in climate change we face the first truly worldwide problem. They don’t call it global warming for nothing. But these pictures show the flipside: they’re globally heartwarming.

    Follow Bill McKibben on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/billmckibben

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