350.org is on a mission to educate the world about the need for lower carbon emissions. Taking on the world is a big task; 350.org says reaching its goal will require unprecedented international cooperation.
The organization relies on research by Dr. James Hansen, of NASA, who was the first person to testify to the U.S. Congress about the dangers of global warming. Hansen and other scientists say that 350 ppm (parts per million) is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
350.org consists of over 200 partner organizations including International NGO’s (Non-governmental organizations) and local community groups. Its message — that individual responsibility is important but a global response to climate change is necessary — reaches up to 4 million people through various partners and campaigns.
The site urges members to set up events and contact their politicians to urge them to support green movements.
Organizers are gearing up for a planetary day of action on October 24, 2009. They hope to have events in the Great Barrier Reef, Mt. Kilimanjaro and many spots in between. The website asks people to organize a creative event that calls for an international climate treaty to get us back to 350 ppm. The planet currently is at 387 ppm and rising by 2 ppm every year.