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350 is good energy

October 8, 2010

The number 350 is buzzing about in anticipation for 10/10/10, the day the world will unite to celebrate climate solutions. What does “350” mean though? I know it’s Friday and the brain is a bit drained from a long week, but pay close attention.  350 is an important number.

Scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments now say that 350 parts per million is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere, but scientists have concluded that we are already way above the safe zone at our current 392 ppm. We must return to 350 ppm this century, or else we will risk irreversible impacts on our planet. 392 (the bad number) is higher than any other time in the recorded history of our planet.  Sadly, we’ve already begun to see 392’s disastrous impacts on all over the world. 350, the good number, is where we need to be.

Glaciers around the world are melting, drought is becoming common, mosquitoes, who like a warmer world, are spreading into lots of new places, bringing malaria and dengue fever with them. Sea levels have also begun to rise and the oceans are growing more acidic because of the CO2 they are absorbing. Oceana, the largest organization focused on ocean conservation, does a tremendous job of educating the world about the problem of ocean acidifaction.



We’re not doomed yet though, there’s hope! We can change course and reduce the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere to reach 350. By uniting on 10/10/10, together we can send a powerful message to world leaders. Politicians need to understand 350 and what it means.  They need to understand that we, the people, demand that we get there.



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