Today people from around Reykjavik will gather to clean rubbish around the Vatnsmyri area as part of the largest global day of climate action ever. The event—one of more than 4,600 rallies in more than 170 nations—is coordinated by 350.org to urge world leaders to take fast and effective action on global warming. This is the first global campaign ever organised around a scientific data point: 350 parts per million CO2 is the safe upper limit for the atmosphere according to the latest scientific data.
WHO: Students of the University of Iceland, and anyone else who would like to be involved.
WHAT: Rubbish from the gas station N1 and from the downtown area blows into the bird reserve in Vatnsmyri, located between the university and the Nordic House (Noraenna husid), and along the perimeter of the airport. We will be clearing the area to highlight the importance of reducing carbon in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million. We have also been collecting 350 pledges from students at the university of how they will reduce their impact on the environment – everything from taking the bus to work, to printing double sided. Simultaneously, people in every corner of the world will be taking similar action, from climbers with 350 banners high on the melting slopes of Mount Everest to government officials in the Maldives Islands holding an underwater cabinet meeting to demand action on climate change before their nation disappears.
WHEN: Today, Saturday 24 October 2009, at 10.00am
WHERE: Meet outside the main building of the University of Iceland
Photos from the event will be available at: http://www.vaktin.org
Photos from events happening all over the world will be available for free use at: http://350.org/media
For more information on the global 350 campaign, please visit www.350.org or contact Cosa Bullock in New York, cbullock <at> mrss.com
Founded by author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, 350.org is the first large-scale grassroots global campaign against climate change. Its supporters include leading scientists, the governments of 89 countries, and a huge variety of environmental, health, development and religious NGOs. All agree that current atmospheric levels of co2—390 parts per million—are causing damage to the planet and to its most vulnerable people, and that government action at the Copenhagen climate conference is required to bring the earth’s carbon level swiftly down.