A day of action re: 350

350 is a very important number. From the website:

350 is the most important number in the world–it’s what scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Two years ago, after leading climatologists observed rapid ice melt in the Arctic and other frightening signs of climate change, they issued a series of studies showing that the planet faced both human and natural disaster if atmospheric concentrations of CO2 remained above 350 parts per million.

Everyone from Al Gore to the U.N.’s top climate scientist has now embraced this goal as necessary for stabilizing the planet and preventing complete disaster. Now the trick is getting our leaders to pay attention and craft policies that will put the world on track to get to 350.
Is 350 scientifically possible?

Right now, mostly because we’ve burned so much fossil fuel, the atmospheric concentration of co2 is 390 ppm—that’s way too high, and it’s why ice is melting, drought is spreading, forests are dying. To bring that number down, the first task is to stop putting more carbon into the atmosphere. That means a very fast transition to sun and wind and other renewable forms of power. If we can stop pouring more carbon into the atmosphere, then forests and oceans will slowly suck some of it out of the air and return us to safe levels.
Is 350 politically possible?

It’s very hard. It means switching off fossil fuel much more quickly than governments and corporations have been planning. Our best chance to speed up that process will come in December in Copenhagen, when the world’s nations meet to agree on a new climate treaty. Right now, they’re not planning to do enough. But we can change that–if we mobilize the world to swift and bold climate action, which is what we’re planning to do on October 24th.

Now, some photo’s of the world-wide action taken today by 181 countries. 

London, Copenhagen,  Sydney
Mexico City

About Dusty, hells most vocal bitch

I am a..brown Cali bitch that is quite the opinionated,political, pain-in-the-ass, in your face kinda girl that also loves baseball and music to a fault. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.--Albert Einstein-*

Posted on October 24, 2009, in 350 dot org, global climate change, global day of action. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. That is great girlfriend! I love the Treehugger U moniker too. 😉

  2. Maybe by now Dusty you've saddled 'ol Blastercap up and headed out this morning to greet the morning sun singing ay ay yippee yippee yay or some shit shit like that on the way to Cowboyville.

    You're on an adventure and I am envious. I need to get away but am unclear as to what direction to  even go.

    Have plenty fun!!

  3. Thanks Dusty – this post was very informative.  I plead ignorance on many issues regarding the global warming.  I'm trying – so at least I can converse semi-intelllgently on the topic.

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