Bill McKibben: Why is 350 the most important number in the world?

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September 12, 2009

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From an email from

Thanks for joining!

We’re building a strong, diverse network of global grassroots activists taking action to solve the climate crisis. We’re growing fast, but we need to speed up further if we’re going to outpace the deteriorating climate.

Here are two simple ways you can help:

1)Take Action with 350 on October 24th

On October 24, 2009, millions of people around the globe will take action in their own communities, and call on world leaders to sign a climate agreement that leads us down the road to 350. We already have events planned at some of the world’s most iconic places — Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, in front of the Pyramids in Egypt, in the Himalayas of South Asia and at the Great Lakes in the USA — but we need you to host an event in your community. It doesn’t have to be large (though that would be great), but it does need to display the number 350 in some visual way. Be creative!

You can organize a rally, a hike up the closest peak, an educational forum, a community art project, or anything else. Just make sure you have fun, and represent 350 somehow — on a banner or a sign, on your t-shirt, or by spelling it out with your bodies.

This may not sound like it could really help, but it does–already we’ve had churches ringing their bells 350 times, 350 bicyclists circling through cities, even 350 people standing on their heads. The resulting media coverage has helped spread the word fast, so that many groups have joined this campaign.

To sign up, please go to And make sure you snap a photo of your event and upload it to our website. We’ll take those photos and pass them to our global leaders. Together we can let them know: 350 represents safety, and anything that doesn’t meet the 350 test is gambling with our future.

2) Share 350

The news about 350 is still very fresh — and now is the time to spread it around the world.

To make 350 the benchmark for the world’s leaders, we have to make sure as many people as possible know importance of 350 and all that it represents. The best place to start is with our own personal networks — we can start by telling everyone we know.

A sample email is below – cut and paste it to email your friends at home, at work, or abroad in other countries. We have less than a year to create a global deal to get the world on a path to safety — there’s no time to lose. Let’s do this together.

Thanks for all you do, Bill McKibben and The team.


Sample Email to Forward to Your Friends:


You’re receiving this e-mail because I thought you would want to join in something important to solve the climate crisis.

On October 24, 2009, millions of people around the world will take action to spread the number 350, the safe level of CO2 in the atmosphere measured in parts per million, and make sure world leaders are on course to reach that target.

I’m attending a event near me because I want to be part of the solution. Please check out to start an October 24 event near you.

It’s urgent that we act together and build a movement that will solve the climate crisis and ensure a safe and just future for the world. Please join me, and help build this movement at

—————— is an international grassroots campaign that aims to mobilize a global climate movement united by a common call to action. By spreading an understanding of the science and a shared vision for a fair policy, we will ensure that the world creates bold and equitable solutions to the climate crisis. is an independent and not-for-profit project.


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