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Tara Mandala to host Climate Work Party

Tara Mandala has scheduled a Pagosa Springs “Climate Work Party, “ joining thousands of events being held across the planet during the world’s largest day of practical action to fight climate change.

On Oct. 10, people across the planet will pick up hammers, shovels, and caulking-guns and join the 10/10/10 Global Work Party, the world’s largest day of practical action to fight the climate crisis.

This Global Work Party intends to involve people in positive actions in their local communities to demonstrate how we can sharply reduce and sequester climate-destabilizing greenhouse gases and move back below the dangerous tipping point of 350 parts per million of CO2 in our atmosphere.

The event at Tara Mandala will begin at noon with a community lunch that incorporates fresh fruit and vegetables from the Tara Mandala gardens, followed by a ceremonial tree planting.

Work teams will then split up between a permaculture project to prevent erosion and drought, and a litter pickup team to sweep and clean the forest service road that runs the length of Burns Canyon.

Native trees, including ponderosas and aspens, may be planted if the weather permits. Activities will conclude with offerings of gratitude and a dedication of merit at 5 p.m.

The day is open to the public, and follows the weekly 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday service, which takes place in the recently completed Tara Temple.

Directions to Tara Mandala, located 14 miles southwest of Pagosa Springs, are available at www.taramandala.org.

The 10/10/10 Global Work Party is being coordinated by the international climate campaign 350.org and 10:10 Global. Photos and video from thousands of simultaneous events across the planet will also be available for the media at 350.org/media.

For more information on the 10/10/10 Global Work Party, please visit the 350.org media room: 350.org/media.