Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released their latest report.  It states that climate change is happening all over the world and that it is definitely caused by humans.  But, we know this already!  Do we need a report by world scientists to tell us that climate change is real and that it’s getting worse?  The lack of courage on the part of our elected officials is astounding!  But, I shouldn’t be surprised.  After all, the federal government has been shut down because of the intransigence of a small minority of conservatives in Congress.

We know the only way to avoid the worst effects of climate change is to drastically shift our economy to one that relies on renewable energy rather than fossil fuels.  But this isn’t happening because the fossil fuels industry has such a large grip on the economy and our lives in every way that nobody in power is willing to go against it.

Green City Challenge was founded in 2010 to help educate New Yorkers about ways to live, work and eat green.  We created the Green City Challenge Race to get average New Yorkers excited about green lifestyles and green solutions to climate change.  Right now, we are looking for volunteers to help us with a whole range of tasks that need to be done.  Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that will be fun and educational?  Here is a partial list of the volunteer jobs that are available at GCC:

1. Tabling staff

2. Website manager

3. Newsletter manager

4. Social media manager

5. Outreach coordinator

6. Board Members

7. Grant Writer

8. House Party Hosts

9. Blog manager

On Sunday, October 20, we will have a table at the Harvest Fest on the grounds of the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing.  We need volunteers to staff the table and administer our recycling challenge.  This is your chance to have some fun and help educate New Yorkers about ways to live, work and eat green!  If you are interested in volunteering for GCC, please call me at 718-530-5074 or send me an e-mail at les@greencitychallenge.org.

In any case, don’t be a stranger!  We want to hear from you.