Our 3 50 party!

Cathy and I had a 3 50 party on the weekend – I turned 50, Cathy turned 50 and we have been married 25 years (50 years between us). A friend from Transition Newcastle made us this amazing cake, and we had the party in Lambton Park.

In preparing a speech we had a look at our order of service for our wedding and some of it was still very relevant. During the wedding spoke about how we wanted to live together:

We will try to live simply so that others may simply live.
We will give our active support to political and social action which lead to a more just and peaceful world.
We will encourage the view that we are responsible, not only to our own community and nation, but also to humanity as a whole.
We will challenge the values and lifestyle of our affluent society, stressing the importance of quality of life.
While valuing our close relationship as a couple, we will not isolate ourselves, but continue to enjoy our involvement in your lives.
We hope to build a home which is open and welcoming, where love and support may be found.

While we haven’t always lived up to these high ideals, the sentiments have certainly influenced our choices. We would now place a greater emphasise the environment, but essentially they sum up how we would like to live. (The one I think we have been the least successful with is “live simply so others may simply live” – it is such a challenge in such a consumer driven society.)

In case you were wondering about the significance of a 3 5o party, it was inspired by 350.org who suggest:

350 parts per million is what many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere.

We are currently at 391 parts per million and we have a lot of work to get to 350.

While moving to 350 ppm, is likely to lead to a reduction in our standard of living, it does not need to lead a reduction in our quality of life.

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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