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Where were you on 10:10:10? 14 October 2010

The Laxey Wheel was bustling with activity last Sunday as the One World Centre and Manx National Heritage worked to place the Island on the 10:10:10 map. The event at the Laxey Wheel was one of 7347 events in 188 countries around the world that ‘got to work on the climate crisis.’ The 10:10:10 global campaign, conceived by 350.org was the biggest day of practical action to cut carbon emissions that the world has ever seen.

Samba Mann playing on the Laxey Wheel photograph be Pawel GaThroughout the week, volunteers worked with Katie Keenan, Administrator and Events Coordinator from the One World Centre to clear cycle paths around the Island. Educational workshops were also held by Stephanie Gray, Eco-schools coordinator, Jo Callister Manx Curriculum Advisor for the Department of Education and Children and Anthea Young Education Services Officer for Manx National Heritage to teach children in local schools more about the 350 message.

The event at the Laxey Wheel was an opportunity to celebrate the week’s activities, while inviting the community to learn about initiatives on the Island to reduce CO2. Children made beautiful recycled lanterns and windmills while the Samba Mann band drummed the 10:10:10 message home on the Lady Isabella!

Anthea Young Education Officer for Manx National Heritage said: “The Laxey Wheel was a fitting location to host an event as the construction of the Lady Isabella was engineered to pump water from the mines in a time of limited fossil fuel on the Island. The fact that metal ore could be mined due to waterpower reiterates the ongoing pursuit to seek natural resources both then and now”.

The Laxey 10:10:10 celebration was made possible by the wealth of participants who volunteered their time to talk with visitors about renewable energy products and energy surgeries, store holders selling locally sourced produce, local musicians and a children’s crafts team.

Katie Keenan, One World Centre Administrator and Event’s coordinator said: “We would like to thank the following participants for all of their work to support the Laxey Wheel 10:10:10 event, Greens Restaurant, Quine’s Hog Roast, Green Mann Spring Water, Transition IoM, Friends of the Earth, Manx Energy Advice Centre, Zero Waste Mann, Solar Tech, The Energy Doctor, Brabbag, Manx Solar Energy, Laxey & Lonan Allotments Association, The Apple Orphanage, Energy Management Systems, Manx Organic Network, Millichaps Trees. Shakti Mann, MEA, I Love Manx, Samba Mann, Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums, Matt Kelly & Andy North, the 101010 Ceilidh Band, Laxey Football Club, Susan and Gary Quilliam, Children’s Centre, Manx Electric Railways, Friends of Manx National Heritage, Geoff Scarffe and A3 Marquees.”

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