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Friday, October 16, 2009


Join 350 rally

Author and activist Bill McKibben and the group have been publicizing 350 as the most important number in the world -- it’s what scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, in parts per million (ppm).

Today, mostly because of fossil fuel burning and deforestation, the atmospheric concentration of CO2 is 387 ppm, an amount higher than the planet’s natural carbon cycle can process. To bring that number down, we need to transition from burning fossil fuels to using renewable forms of energy such as solar, wind, and geothermal..

Politically, this means switching off fossil fuels much more quickly than governments and corporations have been planning. The best chance to speed up that process will be at the United Nations Climate Change Conference from December 7-18 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The world’s nations will meet to negotiate a new international climate treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol that expires in 2012. We need much stronger regulations in many areas: greenhouse gas emissions need to be limited by putting a price on carbon, such as a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system; transportation systems need to be updated to the 21st century – fuel economy standards need to be raised, and public transportation funded; buildings need to be more energy efficient; agriculture and meat production needs to have less of an impact on our air, land, and water.

To help mobilize the world’s leaders to swift and bold action in Denmark, grassroots rallies will be held internationally on October 24, a Global Day of Climate Action. To date, 2,300 actions are planned in 152 countries.

Concerned citizens are invited to kickoff our local event at the First Religious Society at 11 a.m. on Saturday October 24 to ring the church bell 350 times. We will then walk, bike, or carpool to the Energy Revolution Rally at the Old North Bridge Visitor’s Center, 174 Liberty Street, Concord, from 2-4 pm. If enough of us rally together at this historic landmark, the media and the government will take notice.

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