Sept. 21, 2019 — The safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is 350 ppm (parts per million); anything above that puts the planet in a state of climate crisis.
Currently, we are at 415 ppm.
It is becoming more difficult to ignore the science behind our climate crisis: Stronger storms, bigger floods, longer and more frequent droughts, ruined crops, air and water degradation, melting glaciers and sea ice, endangered species and ocean acidification — all are increasing due to claimate change.
It all sounds overwhelming until we educate ourselves about what we can do as individuals, communities, corporations and governments to mitigate global warming by 2030.
Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that we need to begin drawing down greenhouse gasses now.
We owe it to our children and grandchildren to move our energy policies and economies around the world to sustainable climate levels.
I encourage young people in our area to learn more about climate science during a special Climate Awareness event Sept. 28 in Florence being held in conjunction with 350 Eugene.
350 Eugene is an affiliate of 350.org, an organization dedicted to helping raise awareness of — and organizing — action around institutions and policies driving climate change.
Wouldn’t it be great if one of our young people from the Florence or Mapleton area was inspired to invent a way to repurpose plastics, save our bees, recapture carbon, develop renewable energy with cutting edge technology, or protect our coastal waters, rivers and streams?
The possibilities are endless when we work with coalitions of environmental groups to save our planet from this climate crisis.
(Editor’s note: On Sept. 28, a rally will be taking place hosted by FOR/Florence Organizes-Environmental Group and the Siuslaw Climate Alliance from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at the corner of highways 126 and 101. It will be followed by a climate presentation by 350 Eugene in the Bromley Room of the Siuslaw Public Library. It is not a library-sponsored event.)