by Tao, Carrboro, NC
Some days you can feel it in the air. The energy that is building towards Change. It catches me sometimes, like an unexpected burst of endorphins – a rush that reminds me to keep moving forward with hope and determination. 350.org, founded by author Bill McKibben in 2007, has also been building energy, and getting us ready for a Day of Action.
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. Everyone from Al Gore to the U.N.â€™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. 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.
On October 24, the International Day of Climate Action will cover almost every country on earth, the most widespread day of environmental action in the planetâ€™s history.
There will be big rallies in big cities, and incredible creative actions across the globe: mountain climbers on our highest peaks with banners, underwater demonstrations in island nations threatened by sea level rise, churches and mosques and synagogues and ashrams engaged in symbolic action, star athletes organizing mass bike rides–and hundreds upon hundreds of community events to raise awareness of the need for urgent action.
On October 24, the International Day of Climate Action will cover almost every country on earth.There will be amazing events happening across the globe. Every event will highlight the number 350–and people will gather at some point for a big group photo depicting that all important message. At 350.org will assemble all the photos for a gigantic, global, visual petition.
Check for events in your area. Think 350 in all ways – plant 350 trees, drive 350 less days…and most importantly, tell 350 friends to join you in action on October 24th and beyond.