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Worldwide rallies held to combat global warming

The 10/10/10 goal: Reduce carbon dioxide to 350 parts per million

A climate march in Mombasa, Kenya. ALL PHOTOS COURTESY WWW.350.ORG.

By Summit Voice

The following e-mail from Bill McKibben showed up in the Summit Voice inbox early Saturday morning, as organizers with www.350.org started watching images come in from rallies held around the world in an effort to spur grassroots change to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

I tend to get caught up in writing stories about the latest scientific reports that, day-by-day, are cataloging the impacts of our changing climate, from ocean acidification to the increasing size of marmots to vanishing tundra wildflowers. It’s easy to forget that making change happen is up to each and everyone one of us, both on the personal and political level.

Where we are and where we need to go ...

Several 350 events will be held around Colorado, with one big rally on the Capitol steps, where activists will show how much money Colorado politicians have accepted from oil companies. Other events will focus on tree-planting and other beneficial direct efforts to combat global warming.

It’s quite simple, really. Right now, we are at about 388 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Scientists tell us if we can bring down the level to about 350 ppm, we should be able to avoid the worst impacts.

Click here to get the full list of Colorado events and visit www.350.org for all the info. Photos from around the world are streaming on to a special Flickr page here.


Hi there,

It’s Saturday morning in DC, and I’m in a quiet office on M St, watching the first photos start to flow in from our 350.org Global Work Party—it’s just about dawn in New Zealand.

I know it’s Columbus Day weekend, but this is a good story. It’s blown up very very big. We’ll have more than 7,000 events in 188 countries (We’re missing Equaotrial Guinea and North Korea, but we’ve got stuff going on in lots and lots of wild places: tree planting in Afghanistan, community rebuilding parties along the flooded Indus, ten work parties apiece in Iran and Burma). The pictures are amazing.

And though it won’t change the world overnight (the UN negotiations will continue to drag, ditto Congress) it will have some impact. In fact, already has. The mayor of Mexico City yesterday kicked things off by pledging 10% carbon reductions, and seems to mean it; the governor of Illinois said he’ll put solar panels on his roof too. And at the UN, the staff collected 350 old incandescent lightbulbs, used them to make a great poster, and then put in cfls.

These work parties are way more numerous than the tea parties at their height—400 in California alone, all tied into the fight on Prop 23. Anyway, I’m at 1850 M street NW, 11th flr,  where if you happen to be in DC you can come see the photos flood in. (Or you can watch the raw photostream here, a live slideshow will soon be on our website at 350.org) I can be reached anytime at 347-551-2329, or via email.

Many thanks,

Bill

 

Tree planting in Grenada.

 

 

President Nasheed of the Maldives installing solar on his roof top earlier this week.

 

 

The Mayor of Mexico city committing to cut the cities emissions 10% over the next year.

 

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5 Responses

  1. Not sure of any events in Summit. I am going to Denver and hope to make the 10-10-10 events there. We will be showing “Carbon Nation next Sunday at the Alpine Earth Center at 6:00 pm after the HC3 Brew Ha Ha event. You can listen to my interview with the producer/director, Peter Byck at:

    http://earthup.podbean.com/2010/10/02/earthup-peter-byck-carbon-nation/

    Anyone can participate by doing something for the earth……maybe plant a tree to sequester CO2. I heard T. Boon Pickens quote, “When’s the best time to plant a tree? ……. Twenty Years ago, right? When’s the next best time to plant a tree? ……. Today

  2. A scientist untainted by the AGW lobby would say that a concentration of about 1000ppmv would be beneficial to life on earth, this being the concentration that Glass House growers prefer http://api.ning.com/files/X-APctmkiwvgEI5fT6iiGjWFvKNX*cWuzeO4qmDVbgA_/Greenhouses.CarbonDioxideInGreenhouses.pdf
    Our exhaled breath is about 4500ppmv http://www.biotopics.co.uk/humans/inhaledexhaled.html , up to 5000ppmv is acceptable for work places (American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.), 3000ppmv for residences (Canadian exposure guideline for residential buildings)”

    Is the AGW science settled?

    Well read this letter for a start.

    http://rogerfromnewzealand.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/hallewisresignationaps.pdf

    Cheers

    Roger

    http://www.rogerfromnewzealand.wordpress.com

  3. Sorry the link above that dosnt work should be:

    http://api.ning.com/files/X-APctmkiwvgEI5fT6iiGjWFvKNX*cWuzeO4qmDVbgA_/Greenhouses.CarbonDioxideInGreenhouses.pdf

    This comment will also be posted at http://www.globalwarmingsupporter.wordpress.com where my readers are waiting to read your response.

    Cheers

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  5. Hi there,

    My readers at http://www.globalwarmingsupporter.wordpress.com
    are waiting for your reply.

    To find your post look for the “search” icon on the above site and enter “Worldwide rallies held to combat global warming”
    Then hit “comment” and the page will be displayed. You dont have to comment though although you are always welcome to do so.

    Cheers

    Roger

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