Moving Planet Day


In a global day of action, thousands of people gather to support collaborative action to reduce emissions through


An impressive giant human bike at Docklands in Melbourne.

Credit: Rufus Coffield-Feith

350 Sydney

Community members fly kites on Bondi Beach for Moving Planet - a global show of support for action on climate change. The kites said, "Yes! A price on carbon".

Credit: Tarun Charles

350 Tuvalu

Holding hands, people form a 350 sign in the waters off the coast of Tuvalu.

350 Tanzania

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Dar Es Salaam in spite of the fact that it is a challenging place to cycle. They were demanding that Tanzania and the world move beyond fossil fuels.

Credit: Greg Giles

350 Ukraine

A crowd of people cheer at the Moving Planet Day celebrations in Kiev, Ukraine.

Credit: Maxm Gorpenyuk

350 Paris

People power rivals the Eifel Tower in Paris, France as residents form a giant wind turbine with their bodies.

Credit: Nicolas Chauveau

350 Spain

Teachers and students at the University on Youth and Development in Mollina, Spain show their commitment to move our planet towards a more sustainable future.

Credit: Mathieu Soete

350 Brazil

Citizens march through the streets of Aracaju, Brazil for Moving Planet Day, 2011.

350 Yemen

A 90-year-old grandfather takes his grandchildren for a walk in Nisab, Yemen, to talk about their environment and the importance of protecting it for their future on September 24th, 2011 in conjunction with Moving Planet, the International Day of Action on Climate Change.

350 USA

Several thousand Bay Area residents gathered in downtown San Francisco, USA, for a parade and rally to support solutions to climate change. The mobilization was the largest climate justice demonstration to take place in the Bay Area in recent years.

Credit: David S. Feng

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Last Saturday, 24 September 2011, was Moving Planet Day – a day to move beyond fossil fuel, run by global action group

Over 40 moving planet day events were held across Australia, from flying kits at Bondi beach to a rally outside Woodside Petroleum in Perth to a giant human bike in Melbourne.

More than 178 countries participated in over 2,000 events, sending a message to world leaders that it’s time to get moving on the climate crisis.

“'s Moving Planet Day events are a clear sign that the vast majority of Australians do want action on climate change,” said’s CEO Blair Palese at the Bondi launch event.

“Despite the noise from vested interest, the number of independently-organised events today – 43 around Australia – shows that people around the country care about this issue and support a price on pollution.”

The organisation is the brainchild of Bill McKibben, scientist and author who is one of many experts who say that 350 parts per million (ppm) CO2 in the atmosphere would be a safe limit for humanity. Currently, we’re at just over 390 ppm, and it’s rising, so there needs to be a dramatic switch.

“We can’t change the world overnight, but we can be the spark that jump-starts a much bigger and broader movement, a movement that the world needs now more than ever to demand we take action to stop climate change,” said founder Bill McKibben from the United States.

Human signs in the form of arrows pointing to the nearest clean energy source was this year’s visual theme. Click through the images opposite on the right to see G’s pick of the most inspiring photos from the global day of action.

For more information on how you can help support global action on reducing emissions, visit