Another fun protest! Saturday the 24th of October is the International Day of Climate Action, and all over the world people will be raising awareness for the number 350, which… well, read the mission, freshly pasted from the 350.org website:
350.org is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis–the solutions that science and justice demand.
Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet. Our focus is on the number 350–as in parts per million, the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. But 350 is more than a number–it’s a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.
To tackle climate change we need to move quickly, and we need to act in unison—and 2009 will be an absolutely crucial year. This December, world leaders will meet in Copenhagen, Denmark to craft a new global treaty on cutting emissions. The problem is, the treaty currently on the table doesn’t meet the severity of the climate crisis—it doesn’t pass the 350 test.
In order to unite the public, media, and our political leaders behind the 350 goal, we’re harnessing the power of the internet to coordinate a planetary day of action on October 24, 2009. We hope to have actions at hundreds of iconic places around the world – from the Taj Mahal to the Great Barrier Reef to your community – and clear message to world leaders: the solutions to climate change must be equitable, they must be grounded in science, and they must meet the scale of the crisis.
If an international grassroots movement holds our leaders accountable to the latest climate science, we can start the global transformation we so desperately need.
Unfortunately we are already way over 350 parts per million, which means we need to actually bring it back down – not just reduce the growth curve, actually reverse it. Check out this simple video, made without words so that everyone can understand it.
I don’t expect the onus for change to ride solely on the backs of consumers, but every little bit helps. There’s another major climate conference coming up, and hopefully people’s awareness will make it easier for leaders to come to a sensible agreement.
How can we make people aware? There are a number of activities planned in Berlin, but two sound particularly fun:
The Silent Climate Parade will be held at 2 PM in Berlin, but you have to sign up first. There’s only going to be 350 participants, each of whom will be wearing radio-connected headphones. Then these 350 protesters will make the ultimate sacrifice, which is having to listen to Dr. Motte DJ while they silently move through town… just like Love Parade 1989, I guess…
Afterward, you can join Berlin’s CarrotMob, who will be invading a willing Imbiss Bude and spending a lot of money there, in return for which the mobbed owner will voluntarily spend most of that money greening the greasy spoon. This time the “victim” will be eve&adam, which features lower-case spaceless spelling for extra coolness! Come to Rosa-Luxemburg Strasse 24-26 to be part of the fun and some really good food, whether you’re cool in real life or just on the internet.
Carrot Mob is a world-wide movement as well, take a look at their website.