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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Global Warming Matters Most

If we do not address the climate emergency in ways that halt global warming, our grandchildren will inherit a world unfit for living. We have about a decade to choose a different course. If human civilization is to continue, there is no other choice. October 24, then, will be a very important day to commit, or recommit, to become knowledgeable about what can be done to save humanity. From Bill McKibben:
Dear friends,

For 20 years the world has managed to do very little about the greatest problem it's ever faced. In three days time, you can help change that--and if you step up you're going to have a lot of company!

It looks like the International Day of Climate Action this Saturday October 24th will be the single most widespread day of political action the planet has ever seen--we're closing in on 170 nations, and more than 4,000 rallies and events. There's something happening near you--if you're not sure what, this link will let you find out quickly and easily: wwww.350.org/map

People in all those cities and towns all around the world will be saying the same thing: science tells us that we can't have more than 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere if we want a planet like the one we were born onto. That sounds complicated, but it isn't--350 is the bottom line for the earth.

And since we can use our email tools to separate out our lists geographically, here's a message just for those of you in the U.S. It looks like this weekend is going to be even more important here: President Obama is scheduled to give a major climate speech on Friday, and the Senate is set to hold hearings on its global warming bill on Tuesday1. This will be one of the last best chances to make the support for much stronger efforts unmistakably loud and clear. Your efforts this weekend will be doing double duty--helping with the fight in Copenhagen and also on Capitol Hill.

Please take a moment to forward this along to everyone you know in your community and around the world, and ask them to find an event near them to take part in this important day: www.350.org/map.

Thanks for everything you do,

Bill McKibben for the 350.org Crew

1 Samuelsohn, Darren, "Obama to Give Senate Climate Bill Push with MIT Speech" http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2009/10/21/21climatewire-obama-to-give-senate-climate-bill-a-push-wit-53858.html

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