In this age – when some people need little excuse to pour scorn on all attempts to be more self-sufficient in the way we use energy and the things we consume – it’s refreshing to see a green campaign respond by going about its work armed with less hype, more science.
350 are pretty much what they say on the tin – an organisation aiming to get us back to 350. That’s not ‘back to the Roman Empire’, as some might have you believe, but ‘350 parts per million CO2’.
This 350 figure is key. Scientists tell us that if we can’t find ways to get below that mark, damage from global warming will accelerate. We are currently clocking in at about 390 parts per million. Uncomfortable.
350 is a global campaign organisation that aims to send one clear message to our leaders: “If we can get to work on solutions to the climate crisis, so can you”’. The point is action, not just talk. And it’s not about them taking action – it’s about getting all of us to take action.
Take their ‘10/10/10 Global Work Party’. Last Sunday, on 10 October, 350 organised over 7,347 events all around the world. These included planting trees on a river bank in Thungsong in Thailand, beach clean ups in Korea and the Bahamas, a traffic stopping 30km sea marathon in Rome and bike smoothies in Auckland, New Zealand.
On November 20-28, 2010, the week before the next round of international U.N. Climate talks, 350’s eARTh project will use people’s ‘most powerful skill–their creativity–to convey the urgency of climate change’ Over 20 collaborative artworks will be unveiled worldwide, designed to be visible from outer space. creating works that can be seen from space and will be photographed by satellite. We are all invited to send photographs of our art works to the 350 website, too.
Although 350.org is definitely looking beyond national borders, we at the Energy Saving Trust certainly share this principle in our work in the UK. That’s why we work so hard to help people use less energy I whether through finding out which appliances are guzzling energy, using a new smart meter, finding a budget insulation scheme , or maybe taking advantage of Feed-in Tariffs.
We like art – and we also know that helping people take steps to be more energy efficient can be infectious.