Do you know about the international effort to stop global warming at www.350.org? It's a new global campaign focused on making sure the world takes the kind of big, bold, fast action needed to solve this crisis.
Here's the situation: The science of climate change is getting darker by the day. The Arctic is melting away with astonishing speed, decades ahead of schedule.
Everything on the planet seems to be melting or burning, rising or parched. Scientists tell us that the safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is 350 parts per million, and we're at 389 and rising.
But there's good news: We’re not cooked yet, and THIS YEAR we have an opportunity to make a real impact. In December, the nations of the world will be meeting to craft a global treaty designed to help the world act together to solve global warming. The terms of this treaty may well determine whether we actually save the planet from climate change, so it's up to all of us to make sure we get it right.
But nobody's going to do it for us – we all need to step up here. Here's how you can help: people all over the world are coming together to create an International Day of Action on October 24th through the website www.350.org. The goal is to take a united stand to get the planet – and ourselves – back to 350 and out of this huge mess. If we're loud enough all over the world, we can really make a difference.
So what is Collingwood doing?
On October 24, 2009 at 3:50pm Georgian Triangle Earth Days Celebrations, the Collingwood Music Festival, and the Nagata Shachu Taiko Japanese Drumming Ensemble will lead a community walk for Climate Action!
Meet on the sidewalks of Hurontario Street next to the Loblaw supermarket and make your way south down Collingwood's main street to New Life Church. Flyers will be given out to people urging them to work together to lower greenhouse gas emissions to 350ppm in our atmosphere. Lend your support in asking the Canadian, Ontario and municipal governments to do more to stop global warming. Since youth are the ones who will be most affected by climate change in the next 30 years, they will play an important part in the walk.
Following the march an official photo will be taken of the group in the shape of the number 350. This will be uploaded to www.350.org marking Collingwood’s contribution to the more than 1600 registered actions for climate change in more than 130 countries.
From 5:00pm to 7:15pm, there will be educational and fun activities for all age groups. David Lawless, a youth delegate from the recent September UN Climate Conference in Geneva, will speak about climate change and action.
Don’t miss the Shachu Taiko Japanese Drumming Ensemble concert held at New Life Church. This concert will be dedicated to this important Day for Climate Action. People under 35 who attend the walk in the afternoon can come to the concert for free! General admission tickets are $35.
Georgian Triangle Earth Days Celebrations and the Collingwood Music Festival are working with representatives from Collingwood, Barrie, Orangeville, Thornbury, Meaford and Owen Sound. Be sure to show your support and participate in this important event!