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Call to Climate Action: 10/10/10

September 29, 2010

On October 10th, work parties in 174 countries and all 50 states, including several in Massachusetts, will take action to address global warming as part of 350.org’s message to politicians, “We’re getting to work, what about you?”

Over the past few years 350.org, led by Bill McKibben and others, have organized concerned citizens and community leaders the world over in effort to convince world leaders to support global warming legislation that will reduce the amount of carbon entering the atmosphere and enable a return to safe atmospheric carbon levels that ensure a healthy planet. According to climate scientists, that number is 350 ppm. At present, the atmosphere is at 392 ppm and counting.

“Everyone from Al Gore to the U.N.’s top climate scientist has now embraced this goal as necessary for stabilizing the planet and preventing complete disaster. Now the trick is getting our leaders to pay attention and craft policies that will put the world on track to get to 350,” according to the organization’s Web site.

As part of his work day, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives–a tiny island nation that will disappear with sea level rise–wrote this week to all 350.org participants that he will be up on his roof on October 10th installing solar panels, not just to demonstrate support for climate change legislation, but as a passport for his nation’s very survival.

With just 11 days to go, there is still time to find an event near you.

Because I strive everyday to live Actions Green Louder than Words(R) I will be setting out before 8 a.m. on my bike toward the Salem Power Station and meet a group of cyclers that will ride together to the oldest solar field in the country at Beverly High School in a ride to our future, and will then return with a team to Salem where, along with many local organizers, we will work a full day weatherizing homes and planting trees on city streets.

Amherst, Acton, Ayer, Andover, and others in progressive-minded Massachusetts will also get to work talking about green living and greening their communities. Please go to 350.org and lend a hand by joining a local work party today!

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