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students planted in the form of 350 and laid grass over for mulch/ visibility

students planted in the form of 350 and laid grass over for mulch/ visibility

have you heard about 350?  according to a group of reputable scientists, it’s the upper limit of the atmospheric concentration of CO2 that will allow earth to remain stable for years to come.  in other words, if we keep the amount of CO2 in the air to 350 parts per million or lower, then climate change will be much more manageable.  where are we know?  at about 386.

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the organizers of 350 have deemed October 24th as an international day of climate action where groups of people all over the world are raising awareness and teaching each other about the significance of 350.  this campaign is also meant to influence policy decision-makers meeting in Copenhagen for the final climate conference during December of this year before drafting the replacement of the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012.  we all know that the Kyoto Protocol is a joke; no one takes it seriously and one of the major polluters, the US refused to sign it.  since it was drafted, the reality of climate change has set into the consciousness of people and this time people are calling for a much more realistic protocol that governments will take seriously.  the overall idea is for individuals and governments to understand the scientific significance of 350 ppm as the atmospheric concentration of CO2 and to commit to actions that decrease our current levels.  visit http://www.350.org for more info.

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on October 24th, photos of groups displaying 350 to symbolize what they are doing to decrease their carbon footprint will be displayed in times square, nyc, 30 feet tall.  amazing.  i’d actually like to be in times square during that moment (as i would’ve liked to have been there for a grateful dead concert years ago, before i was a twinkle in my mother’s eye…. sigh…).   i get goose bumbs  (*when the bass line thumps*) to see people acting out a variation on a common theme that has to do with an extremely pertinent subject that effects the whole planet and the future of humanity.  i usually make it a mission to avoid times square,  but to see these photos??  i’d be there in a flash.  if only it were possible to travel by pneumatic tube from botswana to nyc.

we took pictures in the garden today while planting to get the point across that we are growing food to consume locally and therefore decreasing our carbon footprint.  when food comes in from south africa or new zealand, lots of carbon is emitted during transportation.  we’re getting our food straight from the earth in our backyard.  yum.  enjoy.

this is thabo saying stay away from chemicals and eat organic

this is thabo saying stay away from chemicals and eat organic

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