It's the question of the hour, right? Can we save the world from the destruction that the scientists are predicting?
350.org has coordinated the largest climate event in history to demonstrate that people around the world want to live in a safe and clean environment. But it's not your grandma's brand of protest. Actually, there will be no protest. No picketing. No parades. No police barricades. Just millions of people from around the world making images of 350.
When 350.org founder Bill McKibben says he is, "tired of losing and it's fun to take the bad guys down a peg or two..." he wasn't kidding. McKibben skyped in to speak with Current Green from his home in Vermont while 350.org staffer May Boeve and climate activist/bike rider Adam Taylor of Ride 350 came into our online studio to discuss what went into organizing what is predicted to be the largest climate event in history.
If 350.org has anything to do it with it, yes we can save the world from the predicted effects of climate change. The organization was made for the sole purpose of ensuring that everyone knows the following fact:
350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide--measured in parts per million in our atmosphere. 350 PPM--it's the number humanity needs to get back to as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change.
The bad news: we have already surpassed 350.
The good news: People around the world are organizing to put pressure on their climate negotiators who are preparing their stance for Copenhagen.
The current stats on the event (which get larger by the minute): 162 countries are signed up to participate (including Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Honduras) and more than 3,700 actions/events.