This year the topic for Blog Action Day is Climate Change. If enough bloggers participate, perhaps more attention will be brought to this all important issue and to the international climate negotiations scheduled for December in Copenhagen.
Most climate experts and scientists believe 350 parts per million is the upper limit for the safe amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. This is where 350.org gets it’s name. We are currently at 390 parts per million so it imperative that the this amount is reduced. The event is scheduled for October 24th because that is 6 weeks before the scheduled climate talks in Copenhagen.
Go to 350.org, select Search for Actions near me, and then enter your location. Events are scheduled all over so unless you live in a very remote area, you should be able to fine one.
The event in Philadelphia sounds educational and fun. Katherine Gajewski, Director of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, will be speaking and the keynote speaker will be Ray Anderson, radical industrialist and author of Confessions of a Radical Industrialist. After the speakers, participants will form the 350 graphic shown at the top of the page. After the even there will be a book signing with Ray Anderson.
I will readily admit that I am cynical about rallies. They generate a lot of garbage, give people a false sense of having done something worthwhile, and are almost always under-reported by the mainstream media. I am looking at this event, however, as an educational experience for my daughter and as an opportunity to spend time with like-minded people. To make some real personal changes, I recommend reading the pdf for No Impact Week inspired by No Impact Man. It isn’t necessary to do everything in the pdf but we can start with small changes such as not using plastic water bottles, having a meat free day and driving less. No Impact Week formally starts this Sunday October 18th but I see no reason why it can’t be integrated into our lives at any time.
Will any of you be participating in the International Day for Climate Action or No Impact Week. I would love to hear about your experiences.
photo credit: 350org