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350 - the time to act is now
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?
Who do you think your elected officials work for? You the voter? Ha ha fat chance...
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