How can I get involved in the political aspects of this green revolution going on?
There seems to be little a single, common person can do when the political system is so large. There is a guy out there trying to change this thought pattern. Bill McKibben is a well known environmentalist and author who recently appeared on the Daily Show to promote his new movement, 350.org.
The idea of 350 is to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere to under 350 parts per million (ppm). The current levels are somewhere between 380 and 420 ppm (depending on who’s measuring it), so we have already passed that 350 mark. The latest number from 350.org is 389.
Here is the mission statement right from the website:
“Our focus is on the number 350–as in parts per million, the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. But 350 is more than a number–it’s a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.
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.
If an international grassroots movement holds our leaders accountable to the latest climate science, we can start the global transformation we so desperately need.
Getting everyone on board, doing anything they can in their daily lives, even minor things, will have a great affects as to cutting carbon in the atmosphere. People need to never quit improving on these actions; constant improvement no matter how small is going to be the key to tackling a problem as large as this one.”
To get everyone involved, 350.org is having a day of action on Oct. 24. There are many plans to join in on spelling out 350 with kayaks on the Willamette downtown. There will be 75 kayaks available for anyone’s use. There is also a group of bikers leaving Col. Summer’s at noon to clog up the Hawthorne Bridge on their way to Pioneer Courthouse Square. Events like this are planned all around the world in tons of cities.
Here is the link for the PDX activities.
The main goal of this day of action is to support keeping the 350 ppm goal in the treaty that is going to be drafted in Copenhagen this December. It is in the drafts, but there is a risk of them picking a higher number and that is a scary thought. Let’s keep it to 350 and let everyone know that you want it too by joining us at Pioneer Square between 1 and 3 on the 24th!