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350 - the time to act is now

Updated on December 15, 2011

The warning signs couldn't be any more apparent. Hottest summers and winters on record. Melting ice caps. Increasing extreme weather including historical flooding, scorching droughts, and failed crops around the world. Humans can't say they didn't see the signs unless they just choose to ignore their own destruction or let it happen by putting their faith in elected officials who were suppose to be working in the peoples best interest instead of their own.

The 350 movement is an awareness campaign designed to wake up the inhabinets of Earth to destruction of the planet by mankinds continue pollution of our atmosphere by C02. There is a limit to how much we can contribute to climate change before its too late to turn back.

350 parts per million is what many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere.

Guess what? We above the safety zone and need to reduce C02.

If we sit back and just let it happen, it will. Unopposed greed will destroy the planet. Everyday lobbyists from corporate polluters troll the halls of congress with their campaign money ready to drop bags of cash on our elected officials to induce them to pass laws the help the polluters make short term profit from the destruction of our earth.

Just recently the GOP congressmen slipped green lighting the pro Keystone Pipeline to make way for sludge oil from the frozen tundra of Canada to be pumped across the U.S. to the refineries in the gulf. The promise is short term jobs to pipeline construction workers at the peril of the entire planet. If that oil, that requires the burning of natural gas just to get it to flow, actually is refined and burned it would mean that we as citizens of this planet have passed the tipping point of our own destruction.


Wordless expression of the meaning of the 350 movement

Bill McKibbon started the 350.org movement

We as the citizens of our planet Earth need to get more active to push back against the greed and short term solutions that threaten our very existence. We need to push back against the countless messages from the carbon burning industries about how the only way to create jobs is to burn more carbon. We need to support fresh thinking and smart ideas. We need to keep the pressure on our elected officials and remind them who they work for - the people who elected them not the corporations who stuff their campaign coffers.

We need to change the way we do things and educate ourselves and our neighbors. We need to reset priorities and values because what worked before just ain't going to work in the future. We built a modern society based on cheap gas and the idea that we could pollute the air and the planet would just somehow survive. Now we are faced with natural disasters that cost billions of dollars, billions of dollars in crop loses, increased worldwide starvation, war fought for dwindling resources and increased cancer rates. If we don't act now, will we even have the chance to act in the future?

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    • peanutroaster profile imageAUTHOR

      peanutroaster 

      6 years ago from New England

      Another oil slick in the gulf. Anyone waking up to the idea that oil might not be the solution to our energy needs?

    • peanutroaster profile imageAUTHOR

      peanutroaster 

      6 years ago from New England

      Happening right now - GOP's backroom dealings with Big Energy is trying to push the Keystone pipeline into the Jobs Bill. Hopefully Obama will stick by his threat to veto it. The planet can not survive the burning of the tar sands sludge oil.

    • peanutroaster profile imageAUTHOR

      peanutroaster 

      6 years ago from New England

      Someone sent me this:

      "Please let it be known that not everyone who claims to be a Christian has a homocentric view of creation. The view that we are above (and not within) creation comes from a narrow, self-serving, and conservative reading of Scripture. Let us see even the humble manatee as an example of living in harmony with nature, which the rest of creation is happy to do -- until humans choose to be gods." Rev. Joy Gonnerman letter to Sierra Magazine

    • peanutroaster profile imageAUTHOR

      peanutroaster 

      6 years ago from New England

      One of my own contributions to lessen the problem has been to eat less meat. It healthier anyway.

    • ShermanMorrison profile image

      ShermanMorrison 

      6 years ago from Florianópolis

      Cassie: Well, we do have some common ground between us. I can see that we agree that 1) The planet we live on is beautiful. 2) From a geological perspective we are a very recent species. From there, however, we take very different paths. Although a recent species, we are not insignificant. The dinosaurs were wiped out by events beyond their control. Unlike the dinosaurs, we are doing a lot of damage to our beautiful planet, reducing its capacity to sustain life. The dinosaurs weren't destroying the planet, but we are. And yet, we also know what we need to do to slow or stop this destruction, we just need the willpower to do it. I remain positive that we can and will find a way to live in harmony with and on this planet. I don't think God is laughing at all. I think God looks at what we are doing to creation with great sadness. We can't just throw our hands up in pessimistic despair and say we can't do anything. We owe it to ourselves, our children, and all future generations to try to do something to make things right. I know that's what I will continue to work for, and I hope you will too!

    • Cassie Smith profile image

      Cassie Smith 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      Cows farting pump more CO2 than humans. You can either tell your grandchildren about global warming and blame the cows or that they will work hard with no prospects. Frankly, the second scenario is more likely considering what's currently going on unless we elect anyone but Obama for president in 2012.

    • peanutroaster profile imageAUTHOR

      peanutroaster 

      6 years ago from New England

      Unlike people study the earth and climate for a living, you haven't figured out that the earth is warming due to human's pumping CO2 into the atmosphere.

      It not some joke being played on the earth by some all powerful practical joker in the sky.

      If humans caused the problem, certainly the mankind can at least try to stop it or die trying. I for one wouldn't want to tell my grandchildren, "tough luck, the planet was fine when we had it, good luck to you".

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      Cassie Smith 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      Sherman, I respect your fatuous statement. The way I look at it, if the climate is truly changing, whether it becomes the next ice age or a fiery meltdown, what makes you think that 7 trillion people can do anything about it? We are an insignificant species that span a minute in time in the existence of this beautiful earth. Scientists think dinosaurs were once stupid and yet they roamed the earth for eons of years longer than man has existed. That we are even on here taking up space and sucking up resources is a gift that we don't deserve. It is the biggest ego that thinks that we have any control on this small planet within the cosmic world. God has to be laughing.

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      ShermanMorrison 

      6 years ago from Florianópolis

      Cassie: I am saddened by such bombastic reactions, but I understand that both sides feel very strongly about their positions. However, I must ask you to consider this: When WILL you believe that the planet is warming and that we are changing the climate? What evidence of actual warming would you need to SEE with your own eyes? If you can answer that question with something concrete, then we can start a dialogue that might lead to some common ground!

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      Cassie Smith 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      I'm saying that studies from climate scientists are hooey. The leaks have shown that these people are not to be trusted and yet global warmers continue to push this false world view. It's all just junk science from pseudo scientists.

    • peanutroaster profile imageAUTHOR

      peanutroaster 

      6 years ago from New England

    • peanutroaster profile imageAUTHOR

      peanutroaster 

      6 years ago from New England

      Cassie - There is a lot of hooey in the world, what exactly are you referring to? - beliefs based on faith instead of science? View points based on monetary gain? Surely weird esoteric religions abound in the modern world but what does that have to do with this hub?

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      Cassie Smith 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      What a load of hooey. I'm seeing the quackery morph into weird esoteric religion. Who knew that there were so many chicken littles in the world.

    • ShermanMorrison profile image

      ShermanMorrison 

      6 years ago from Florianópolis

      Thanks for highlighting this important and timely topic. I've just started a new series myself here on HubPages about personal sustainability. I hope you'll check it out. I also hope you'll publish more hubs on social and environmental responsibility -- these are the most important issues in the 21st century!

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