HuffPost Green partnered with Meetup Everywhere to help our readers organize meetings in their local communities on World Ocean Day, June 8th, to brainstorm solutions and actions to help with the tragic Gulf oil spill and reduce our collective dependence on oil.
As of this writing, 1,756 people met up in 25 countries, with 47 upcoming meetings still planned. Although June 8th has passed, you can still meet up with other concerned citizens in your community via our HuffPost Green Meetup page.
Check out HuffPost Green readers' meetups below, and send in a photo of your own group, sharing what you brainstormed or did during your meetup. We want to hear YOUR voices!
"We do not want to let an opportunity with momentum of this magnitude pass without leveraging this disaster to achieve meaningful change," wrote Ute Brandy, from Phoenix, AZ. Describing her group's meeting she said, "There appeared to be a general feeling within the group that the catastrophe in the Gulf has the potential to finally transform the American way of life into a more sustainable one." Brandy also mentioned some of the group's ideas, such as, "Changing behavior at the local level by creating a Facebook page as a clearing house for people to submit ideas on how they feel we as the public can wean ourselves of our oil dependence."
From the Houston, TX's June 8th Meetup at Agora Cafe, Christine Richardson writes: "We also wanted to know what was being done to prevent this sort of tragedy again, better safety measures, better blow out preventers, better procedures for cleanup and stopping the oil leak. We decided to form a regular group, I'm really looking forward to working with everyone that was there."
From the Evansville, IN Meetup, Wendy Bredhold said, "We discussed contacting our senators about the energy bill, reducing our own energy use, staging future events and forming Transition Evansville, an oil depletion preparedness group."