Saturday, 3 October 2009

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Reposted from: Bill McKibben - [] email

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We're building a strong, diverse network of global grassroots activists taking action to solve the climate crisis. We're growing fast, but we need to speed up further if we're going to outpace the deteriorating climate.
Here are two simple ways you can help:
1)Take Action with 350 on October 24th
On October 24, 2009, millions of people around the globe will take action in their own communities, and call on world leaders to sign a climate agreement that leads us down the road to 350. We already have events planned at some of the world's most iconic places -- Australia's Great Barrier Reef, in front of the Pyramids in Egypt, in India's Himalayas and at the Great Lakes in the USA -- but we need you to host an event in your community. It doesn't have to be large (though that would be great), but it does need to display the number 350 in some visual way. Be creative!
You can organize a rally, a hike up the closest peak, an educational forum, a community art project, or anything else. Just make sure you have fun, and represent 350 somehow -- on a banner or a sign, on your t-shirt, or by spelling it out with your bodies.
This may not sound like it could really help, but it does--already we've had churches ringing their bells 350 times, 350 bicyclists circling through cities, even 350 people standing on their heads. The resulting media coverage has helped spread the word fast, so that many groups have joined this campaign.
To sign up, please go to And make sure you snap a photo of your event and upload it to our website. We'll take those photos and pass them to our global leaders. Together we can let them know: 350 represents safety, and anything that doesn't meet the 350 test is gambling with our future.
2) Share 350
The news about 350 is still very fresh -- and now is the time to spread it around the world.
To make 350 the benchmark for the world's leaders, we have to make sure as many people as possible know importance of 350 and all that it represents. The best place to start is with our own personal networks -- we can start by telling everyone we know.
A sample email is below – cut and paste it to email your friends at home, at work, or abroad in other countries. We have less than a year to create a global deal to get the world on a path to safety -- there's no time to lose. Let's do this together.
Thanks for all you do, Bill McKibben and The team.
Sample Email to Forward to Your Friends:
Hey everyone,
Most of you know that I'm committed to solving the climate crisis.  If you're like me, you're convinced about the urgency of this problem, but don't know what you can do that will make a real difference.  That's why I'm writing you today.
I just watched a really cool video from the crew at It's about new global campaign focused on making sure the world takes the kind of big, bold, fast action that we need to solve this crisis--check it out:
I think you'll agree that it's beautiful--I've included the link so you can pass it on to your friends!
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World Climate Change Day of Action Saturday, 24th October 2009

Source: Jane Bannister

Whilst the 2007 IPCC report has a 445-495ppm CO2 stabilisation scenario 1 (Figure SPM.11, pg 21), and Rajendra Pachauri endorse 350 ppm (not as IPCC chair but “as a human being”).

Get together with friends and family to walk, cycle or bus down to Bournemouth beach to send an urgent message to world leaders in the lead-up to climate talks in Copenhagen. We'll be forming a giant '350' and taking a photo from the cliff top. Wear something blue. Bring a picnic. Help to build a giant sandcastle. Local groups involved include Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Transition BH Hub, Poole Agenda 21, Christian Aid.

Meet below the West Cliff cable car at 12.00 noon. RSVP.

Why 350? Leading scientists and climate experts now believe that 350 parts per million is the upper safe limit of CO2 in our atmosphere. We're currently at 386 ppm. More.

In its benchmark 2007 report, the IPCC said that the key for preventing dangerous global warming was to keep CO2 concentrations below 450 ppm. Above that level, average global temperatures are likely to increase by more than 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century, a threshold that leaders from the G8 leading industrialised nations agreed last month must not be crossed. source