Published: October 9, 2010
10/10/10: Circle your calendar 10/10/1910. That is the date. The place is where you live. And the point is to do something that will help deal with global warming in your city or community, “and noting climate activist and author Bill McKibben.
McKibben founded 350.org draw attention to climate activism worldwide. The name comes from the 350 parts per million, which is the “safe” level of carbon emissions in the atmosphere, according to NASA scientist James Hansen.
We are currently at 385 ppm. “Safe”, which means avoiding the most damaging effects of climate change as sea level rise that eats the world’s coastlines and a radical redistribution of groundwater, so that agricultural land into desert.
most “If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and that life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 385 ppm or less; In the words of Hansen 350 ppm. “What Hansen is warning us is that we exceeded the capacity of the atmosphere to maintain the temperature range of our species needs to survive.
McKibben’s call to action around the world scheduled for October 10 on aggregate work of the Party, with emphasis on both “work” and “party.” In Auckland, New Zealand, they are having a giant bicycle repair in the day to get all the bikes in the city on the road. In the Maldives, are putting solar panels on the president’s office. In Kampala, Uganda, will plant thousands of trees, and in Bolivia, are the installation of solar cookers for a massive picnic carbon-neutral.
McKibben says: “Since we have worked hard to call, email, the petition and protest to get politicians to move, and have not moved fast enough, now is the time to show we really have the tools need to get serious about the climate crisis. ”
This is the “defining moment” for our species, in the words of Nobel laureate Rajendra Pachauri. We are making history, and future generations will judge us by our actions (or lack thereof) at this very moment. Will our grandchildren condemns us to make the planet uninhabitable in the relentless pursuit of profit? We will celebrate when we celebrate our ancestors, whose ingenuity and elbow grease we did through the Great Depression and World War II?
During his campaign, Barack Obama said: “My presidency will mark a new chapter in U.S. leadership on climate change.” It would be a big difference having the leadership to national climate awareness at this crucial time. But what will make the biggest difference is what happens locally. Are we going to make personal changes and cultural changes necessary to achieve the goal of 350 ppm?
It is time to “roll up” and put our hope into action, according to the Rocky Mountain Institute, home of energy guru Amory Lovins. “We applied is not mere optimism,” says Lovins. “The optimistic about the future as a destination, not by choice, and therefore can not assume responsibility for making the world we want. We hope to apply is a deliberate choice of heart and head.”
Environmental Defense calls a “new patriotism” that “is not only the love of country, also about a shared commitment to the welfare of our planet.” They call on Americans to:
- Be conscious consumers, while minimizing our personal global warming “footprint.”
– Be active citizens, pressuring our elected officials to take urgent action now, and pressing all candidates for office to commit themselves to enact strict legislation to reduce global warming pollution in the United States.
- Spread the word, by educating our friends, neighbors and loved ones and make sure they recognize that each of us has a role to play in meeting this important challenge.
Applied hope means taking action now to curb climate change. Actions can range from a new challenge with courage coal power plants in your state, go to the meetings of city council and put pressure on elected officials to pass local laws for more efficient energy use, promote open space and preserve forests and farms. In my community, artists are hanging “prayer flags, with 350 reasons to stop climate change. If you want to see what others are doing, or submit your own action, visit 350.org.
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