350 Messengers

350 Messengers:

Writers, scholars, activists, leaders, and visionaries who support the 350 cause and message. Read about them below:

Bill McKibben

Rajendra Pachauri

Vandana Shiva

Abp. Desmond Tutu

Dr. James Hansen

Will Steger

Keibo Oiwa

Liz Thomson

Pres. Mohamed Nasheed

David Suzuki

Van Jones

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Thomas Homer Dixon

Fiona Stanley

Paul Loeb

Barbara Kingsolver

Alex Steffen

Lester Brown

George Monbiot

Colin Beaven

Ross Gelbspan


 

Bill McKibben

"Civilization is what grows up in the margins of leisure and security provided by a workable relationship with the natural world. That margin won't exist, at least not for long, as long as we remain on the wrong side of 350. That's the limit we face."

Bill McKibben is a co-founder and global organizer of 350.org. He is an American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. A scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College, McKibben is the author of The End of Nature, the first book for a general audience on climate change.

 

Rajendra Pachauri



"As chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) I cannot take a position because we do not make recommendations," said Rajendra Pachauri when asked if he supported calls to keep atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations below 350 parts per million (ppm). "But as a human being I am fully supportive of that goal. What is happening, and what is likely to happen, convinces me that the world must be really ambitious and very determined at moving toward a 350 target."

Rajendra Kumar Pachauri has served as the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 2002. Pachauri has been outspoken about climate change. He is now serving as the head of Yale's Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI). At the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony when the award was shared between Al Gore and the IPCC on December 10, 2007, Pachauri represented the IPCC.

 

Vandana Shiva

"I am completely behind the 350 campaign. A shift from industrial agriculture to ecological, local food systems would be the biggest single step to move towards 350 and a safe climate, while simultaneously solving the food crisis."



Born in India in 1952, Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental leader and thinker. Shiva has fought for changes in the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. Intellectual property rights, biodiversity, biotechnology, bioethics, genetic engineering are among the fields where she has contributed intellectually and through activist campaigns. She has assisted grassroots organizations of the Green movement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland and Austria with campaigns against genetic engineering. She is one of the leaders of the International Forum on Globalization, and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as the alter-globalization movement.

 

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"Climate change is a reality. Life depends on a sustainable environment. With no world, there can only be nothing--no birds, no animals, no trees, no us. That’s why getting involved in Project 350 is so important - it's an effective way to take action to turn around the climate crisis."

Desmond Tutu was Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 until 1996 and is the 1984 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. Since his retirement, Tutu has continued to work as a global activist on issues pertaining to democracy, freedom and human rights.

 

Dr. James Hansen

"If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 385 ppm to at most 350 ppm."

Dr. James Hansen heads the NASA Institute for Space Studies in New York City. Dr. Hansen is best known for his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue. Dr. Hansen was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995 and he received the prestigious Heinz Environment Award for his research on global warming in 2001.

 

Liz Thompson

As a resident of a Small Island Developing State, I am acutely aware of the dangers of global warming. Some countries are closer to the frontlines of global warming than others, but we are all affected by this global problem, which requires from us a global response. Getting to 350 means saving our planet and ourselves from a disaster of our own creation.

Ms. Thompson has become one of the recognized leaders on environmental issues of the Small Island Developing States. During her time as Minister of Energy and the Environment of Barbados, she enacted a range of progressive policies for sustainable development and environmental protection. She also became a key voice to raise awareness of global warming in Barbados - a country where the challenges of climate change and conservation are of particular relevance.

 

President Mohamed Nasheed

"People around the world must unite and pressure their leaders to reduce carbon dioxide levels to 350 ppm. Dramatic climate change action is possible. The Maldives will play its part by becoming the world's first carbon neutral nation within 10 years."

 
Mohamed Nasheed, 42, is the first democratically elected President in the history of the Maldives. In March 2009, after four months in office, Nasheed announced plans to make the Maldives the world's first carbon neutral country within a decade.
 

David Suzuki

"Why 350? We must return to the earth's natural balance!"

David T. Suzuki PhD, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster in Canada. David has received consistently high acclaim for his 30 years of award-winning work in broadcasting, explaining the complexities of science in a compelling, easily understood way. He is well known to millions as the host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's popular science television series, The Nature of Things.

 

Van Jones

"Getting to 350 means changing everything about our global economy. It means providing clean-energy jobs to rewire every corner of the world and catalyzing a global transformation built on principles of equity and opportunity."





Van Jones is working to combine solutions to America's two biggest problems: social inequality and environmental destruction. In 2007, he founded Green For All, a new organization working to build a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

 

Barbara Kingsolver

"Reaching 350 ppm is a matter of living by my values—which include both “love your neighbor” and “try not to wreck every blooming thing on the planet while you’re here.”



Barbara Kingsolver is an American writer who has written, or collaborated on, 12 books, most of which are novels, but including some poems, short stories and essays. In 1997, Kingsolver established the Bellwether Prize for "literature of social change", named after the bellwether. She lives with her family on a farm in southwestern Virginia.

 

Alex Steffen

"Carbon-neutral prosperity is possible. We can design and build a sustainable society within the time we have remaining. The matter hinges entirely on having the will to build it--which is why the work of 350.org is so important."

Alex Steffen has been the Executive Editor of Worldchanging since he co-founded the organization in 2003, as the next phase in a lifetime of work exploring ways of building a better future.

 

Paul Loeb

"The hardest challenge of tackling global climate change is conveying the massive threat that the scientists recognize to the rest of us, going about our daily lives. 350.org begins to make the crisis concrete."

Paul Loeb is an American social and political activist, who has strongly fought for issues including social justice, humanitarianism, environmentalism, and civic involvement in American democracy. Loeb is a frequent public speaker and has written five books and numerous newspaper editorials.

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier

"Climate change is already dangerous. As the Arctic melts and the Small Islands sink below a rising sea, the world cannot stand immobile. Inuit and all Peoples have the right to live safely in their culture. As a shared humanity, we must back away from the precipice. 350 is a good target to head towards."

Sheila Watt-Cloutier is a Canadian Inuit activist. She has been a political representative for Inuit at the regional, national and international levels, most recently as International Chair for Inuit Circumpolar Council (formerly the Inuit Circumpolar Conference). Watt-Cloutier has worked on a range of social and environmental issues affecting Inuit, and has most recently focused on persistent organic pollutants and global climate change. She has received numerous awards and honors for her work, and has been featured in a number of documentaries and profiled by journalists from all media.

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Lester Brown

“The 350.org campaign recognizes the importance of asking not what is politically feasible, but what is scientifically necessary to avoid catastrophic climate disruption. Cutting net carbon emissions 80% by 2020 with basic economic restructuring in time will be challenging, but how can we face the next generation if we do not try? Saving civilization is not a spectator sport—we are in this together.”

Lester R. Brown, described as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” by the Washington Post, is Founder and President of Earth Policy Institute, a non-profit environmental research organization. One of the world's most widely published authors, his books have appeared in some 40 languages.  His most recent book is entitled Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. He is a MacArthur Fellow and the recipient of many prizes and awards.
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George Monbiot

"This is a great initiative, which all those who care about the future of humanity should support. Only by holding down concentrations of greenhouse gases to this level can we be sure of preventing the runaway climate change which threatens our ability to feed ourselves."

George Monbiot is an English writer, known for his environmental and political activism. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian, and is the author of a number of books.

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Colin Beaven

"A crisis, they say, is a terrible thing to waste. And there is more than one crisis. First, is the crisis in our climate, which must be solved in a matter of years. Second, is the crisis in our way of life. In the developed world, people suffer from anxiety and depression in epidemic proportions. In the developing world, over one billion people have no access to clean drinking water. We must do better. We have a chance to find an improved way of life, both for ourselves and for our planet. Let's take it."

 
Colin Beavan (aka No Impact Man) is a writer, speaker, blogger, author and film subject. He is the director of the international not-for-profit the No Impact Project. Its mission is to empower citizens to make choices that better their lives and lower their environmental impact through lifestyle change, community action, and participation in environmental politics.
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Will Steger

"We can not solve the climate crisis alone. It is a challenge that demands teamwork on an international scale--that's what I do on my polar expeditions, and that's what 350.org is doing to build a global movement for a better climate policy and a more sustainable future."

Renowned polar explorer Will Steger has launched Global Warming 101--a series of educational polar expeditions to the High Arctic and Antarctica led by Steger and dynamic young explorers from around the globe. The teams will travel by dogsled and kite ski to the front-lines of global warming at the farthest reaches of the planet.

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Ross Gelbspan

"In short, a real 350 – translated into a worldwide project to rewire the globe with clean energy – could provide an enduring pathway to peace – peace among people and peace between people and nature."

Ross Gelbspan is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and the author of a number of influential books on global warming, including The Heat is On and Boiling Point. The latter book received the lead review in the New York Times Sunday Book Review, which was written by former Vice President Al Gore. It was also honored as one of the best science books of 2004 by Discover Magazine. Ross is also an influential leader in the United States climate movement and a respected educator and speaker.

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Keibo Oiwa

"Be a sloth and slow down to 350. Slow down to the rhythm of the Earth. Slow down to the pace of the community. Slow down to the beat of life, So that we reconnect!"

Keibo Oiwa (Japanese pen Name:Tsuji Shin'ichi) is a cultural anthropologist, author, environmentalist, and public speaker. He lived in North America for fifteen years and holds a ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University. The founder of the Sloth Club, Japan's leading 'Slow Life' environmental group, he is in frequent demand for lecture and consultation throughout in Japan.

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Thomas Homer Dixon

"The 350 ppm target level signifies that our challenge isn’t merely to reduce carbon emissions to zero but also, as soon as possible, to remove large quantities of the carbon already in the atmosphere.  It is a breathtaking challenge, but one we must now face squarely..."

Thomas Homer-Dixon holds the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada, and is a Professor in the Centre for Environment and Business in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo.

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Fiona Stanley

"Climate change is the biggest public health threat of the 21st Century. As an advocate for children and their families I understand how important it us that we stand up and raise our voices about this threat. For the sake of our children, grandchildren and communities we must work urgently and collaboratively to restore the climate to 350ppm. 350.org are working to shift the conversation from 'we can't afford to address climate change’ to ‘we can't afford not to address climate change'. I'm proud to be a messenger for 350.org and to join this international community of concerned citizens willing to do what's required to take care of our children and their future."

Professor Fiona Stanley AC is a child health researcher and a passionate advocate for improving the health and wellbeing of children and families.