Oct 16, 2009

Eco-Friendly Friday

One of my eco-conscious friends recently made me aware of a great eco-activism event. October 24, 2009 will be an International Day of Climate Action. The purpose of this day is to promote the number 350 (what scientists believe is the safe limit of atmospheric CO2, in parts per million). They are trying to get the media and world leaders to realize that there are lots of people interested in keeping our climate from going crazy. What the leaders of this movement want you to do is this: organize or participate in an event where the number 350 is prominently displayed in an iconic location in your community, take pictures and submit them to the website http://www.350.org/. The organizers will then take those images to the media and world leaders, asking them to create a climate change treaty that will meet the requirements to reach the magic number.

Here's why the group is doing this (according to there website):
To tackle climate change we need to move quickly, and we need to act in unison—and 2009 will be an absolutely crucial year. This December, world leaders will meet in Copenhagen, Denmark to craft a new global treaty on cutting emissions. The problem is, the treaty currently on the table doesn't meet the severity of the climate crisis—it doesn't pass the 350 test.

In order to unite the public, media, and our political leaders behind the 350 goal, we're harnessing the power of the internet to coordinate a planetary day of action on October 24, 2009. We hope to have actions at hundreds of iconic places around the world - from the Taj Mahal to the Great Barrier Reef to your community - and clear message to world leaders: the solutions to climate change must be equitable, they must be grounded in science, and they must meet the scale of the crisis.

As I write this blog post, there are more actions being formed. At the moment there are 3257 actions being planned over 159 countries, and there are 6 days left! If you want to find the action closest to you, create your own, or find out more about the movement – please visit http://www.350.org/.


Mesina said...

Wow! I didn't know about this! Well I'm off to pay the site a visit, thanks for sharing. It takes only one person to start something big xx

Simplistic Mom said...

Glad I could help spread the word!