On 24 October, people in 181 countries came together for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet's history. At over 5200 events around the world, people gathered to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis.
For one glorious day the entire earth united, beginning on a mountain top in New Zealand where elders gathered at dawn by a wind turbine to pray over the event. From the oceans to the mountain peaks, from Abu Dhabi to Zanzibar, north to south and all points in between, people gathered with one voice. WE NEED TO ACT NOW! The message was loud and clear.
Of the 19,000 or so images now posted (take a look) this one from a beach in Australia really gets our attention. There is no Planet B.
Why 350? That's the number of CO2 parts per million our atmosphere can tolerate without going into a "fevered stroke." Right now it stands at 390 so we have a lot of work to do. Bill McKibben, who started the 350 movement, sees this number as an understandable peg upon which to hang our climate change concerns. Our world leaders will be meeting in Copenhagen in December. Who can they ignore their people's cry? Our Luminous Ground joins the plea.
Our planet home deserves no less. We have no Planet B.
Our thanks to the photographers around the world who posted these images on the 350.org site.