On October 24, people all over the world will be taking a stand for climate change. In four days, in over 160 countries, over 3700 actions have been registered to incorporate the number 350 into an iconic place in their community. This number represents the parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere that is the safe limit for humanity. 350.org and the International Day of Climate Action’s goal is to decrease the CO2 in our atmosphere from 390 parts per million to 350:
“We are a group of people from around the planet—young and old, scientists and writers and activists—who have one thing in common. We know the most important number on earth: 350. And we know how to use that number to finally get global action on the worst crisis humans have ever faced. But we can only do it if you help.
A year ago, our greatest climatologist—NASA’s James Hansen—and his team produced a landmark series of studies. They showed that if we let the amount of carbon in the atmosphere top 350 parts per million, we can’t have a planet “similar to the one on which civilization developed and to which life on earth is adapted.”
The bad news is we’re already past that number—we’re at 390 parts per million, which is why the Arctic is melting, why drought is spreading across the planet, why people are already dying from diseases like dengue fever and malaria occurring in places where they’ve never been seen before.
The good news: that number gives us a target to aim for. When the world’s leaders meet in Copenhagen in December to reach agreement on a new climate treaty, we need them to go farther than they’ve planned to go: we need to make sure they’ll pay attention to the latest science and put forward a plan that gets us back to safety.”
Sioux Falls is taking part in International Day of Climate Action by completing its own action. Rather than raise a glass for October Green Drinks, join us in Falls Park to raise awareness for the environment. Here is the plan:
“Everyone will meet at 5th and Phillips at 3:30 pm, and we’ll parade to Falls Park at 3:50 pm. Inside the Horse Barn Arts Center will be a giant banner that participants will paint their hopes for the future of SD on, and it will be taken outside where everyone will gather in the formation of a giant 350. Pictures and video will be taken that will be sent to our legislators and displayed across the globe as well as on the screens of Times Square in NYC! The banner that is made will be displayed at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December.
Post party to follow the action at the Falls Overlook Cafe.”
Green Drinks is a monthly mixer organized by Astronaut and the Sioux Falls Green Project for anyone interested in conversation about all aspects of sustainability. Sioux Falls is just one of 626 cities world wide making green conversation over drinks. For more information about Green Drinks check out the website at greendrinks.org.