Remember Voltron? There were all these separate entities that worked on their own and then they would come together a form one big-ass robot which would then go off and kick some ass? Do you run a local skeptical or science group? Wanna become a big-ass robot and kick some alt-med ass? Here’s your chance.
The 10:23 campaign was started by a local skeptics group in Merseyside in the UK. I don’t even know where Merseyside is. But last year, they decided to try to stage an event where they would do a public homeopathic overdose. They put the word out to other local groups in the UK and the idea gained so much momentum that by the end of it, over 400 skeptics across the UK all ‘overdosed’ on homeopathic remedies.
This year, they are bringing the campaign stateside. We have about 15 groups around the US that are interested in putting something together. On February 5, 2011, at 10:23 a.m. local time, we’ll all get together and speak out against this pseudoscience. Form blazing sword bitches!
I’ve been helping coordinate the US groups, and we’ve also got a lot of support from the JREF. They are providing tips and ideas for how to organize an event, ways to contact and deal with media and other great resources for local groups to take this idea and make it their own.
In the U.S., we have a couple of extra challenges. Because homeopathy isn’t regulated in the same way here that it is in the U.K., a lot of groups have expressed concerns with staging an overdose. There’s the possibility that a group could end up with something that actually has an active ingredient in it. So, in Atlanta, we’ve decided to hold back on the overdose and do a demonstration and presentation instead.
If you’re in a local group and you think you can put an event together, even if it’s a small one, you should do it. Even a small event at the local level makes for a more powerful message at the national level.
Here’s the link to sign up to get updates from the JREF . Also, find out more here.
Still not convinced? The skeptics over at CFI-Vancouver staged an overdose event and look at the results they got!