Monday, October 4, 2010

Caribbean Communities Mobilize for International Day of Climate Action - 10/10/10

World leaders have failed miserably at the many United Nations Climate Talks to enact any type of concerted and meaningful action against the rising effects of climate change. This year saw record wildfires in Russia, unprecedented floods in Pakistan, and the hottest year on record. But where politicians fail to take the threats to our planet seriously, a strong grassroots movement is mobilizing and taking action to fill the void left by political and corporate paralysis. All around the world, on October 10, 2010, a second global work party will be taking place to educate people and take action on climate change. The first global work party took place a year ago on October 29, 2009 when 5,248 events were held in 181 countries (see video below).  This year's global work party will see over 6,000 events taking place in 184 countries as people around the world unite in a common vision to work to reduce our carbon footprint.

Caribbean nations with communities participating in the event include Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Guadalupe, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Barbados. The Caribbean Youth Environment Network is participating with events in several countries.  For the full listing of events and contact names for event organizers, please see the event listing page here.

From the organizers of the event: is an international grassroots campaign that aims to mobilize a global climate movement united by a common call to action. By spreading an understanding of the science and a shared vision for a fair policy, we will ensure that the world creates bold and equitable solutions to the climate crisis. is an independent and not-for-profit project.

What is 350? 350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Scientists measure carbon dioxide in "parts per million" (ppm), so 350ppm is the number humanity needs to get below as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change. To get there, we need a different kind of PPM-a "people powered movement" that is made of people like you in every corner of the planet.

We are currently at 388 ppm. A year ago we were at 385 ppm so we have a ways to go if we are to turn back the carbon clock to 350 ppm. Let's hope that the power of this worldwide grassroots mobilization will bring about a serious effort on all levels of society to bring our planet back into balance with a sustainable future for all.

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