350 Updates

Tuvaluan Climate Refugees

The challenges of climate change don't await us in the next ten or twenty years; they are here now.

Australian paper the Northcote Leader reported today that the leader of a small Tuvaluan community in Victoria is appealling to the federal government to set up a program to support climate refugees.

New Zealand already has such a plan in place.

 

Art as Activism

A few weeks ago, the San Francisco team at 350.org enjoyed a special treat. We attended a book signing and reception for local photographer Debra Bloomfield's newest book, Flow. In addition to a book signing, the evening turned out to be a 350 action! Debra attended one of Bill McKibben's talks at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco a few months ago, and was so moved by his talk that she took home a 350 flyer, and printed out 100 copies to give out.

We were very touched by her work. Another special part of the evening was spending time with Terry Tempest Williams, a good friend of Step It Up, and now, 350.org. Thanks to all the artists supporting 350.org...and for those of you eager to get your creative juices flowing, participate in our craft contest!

 

Africa Partner Spotlight: The Center for Environmental Issues and Regional Development

The Center for Environmental Issues and Regional Development (AUI CEIRD) at Alakhawayn University joins the list of 350.org action partners in Africa. Led by Doctor Bachir Raissouni, Executive Director of AUI CEIRD, along with dedicated environmental students at Alakhawayn University, the center launched a series of workshops climate change and tourism in Casablanca, and and on carbon credit projects. The AUI CEIRD is committed to promoting 350, and working with university students to spread the message.

 

Introducing the 350 Team: Judit Varga

How colorful Europe is...

 

Local Leaders Get In on 350

One of our 350.org headquarters offices is based here in Burlington, Vermont, USA. Vermont has been at the forefront of the grassroots climate movement for several years now cumulatively organizing hundreds of climate demonstrations in recent years with a population of only 600,000 people. And all that activity certainly begins to pay off when gubernatorial candidates post their own action reports on 350.org. Here is what gubernatorial candidate Gaye Symington posted yesterday, talking about 350...

Let this be a challenge to all local, state, province, and national leaders to join this movement and initiate the necessary change to reach 350.

 

Al Gore's Generational Challenge

Al Gore's call for a ten-year transition to carbon-free electricity raises the bar to the right place. Some people will describe this plan as too much, too fast, too radical--it only seems that way because everything that's been proposed so far has been so feeble. This is the first real plan commensurate with the scale of the climate crisis.

And it sets the groundwork for what comes next--an international agreement just as bold. Al Gore is leading the most carbon-addicted nation on earth towards sanity. We need now to start in the same direction all over the globe, which is what 350 is all about.

Show your support for these ideas by sending a Letter to the Editor of your local paper! Click "more" for a sample.

 

Happy Early Birthday, Mandela!

In preparation for Nelson Mandela's July 18 birthday, our friends at Circle Up Now made this impressive piece of aerial art today. The photo was taken followed by a workshop addressing the global hunger crisis, and took place in Johannesburg.

To see more of the important work undertaken by our partners, click here.

Circle Up Now is an exciting initiative integrating art and human rights activism. This summer, utilizing the unique experience of human aerial artwork, where thousands of people come together to form an image that can only be seen and photographed from the sky, two teams will produce a series of live global events and chronicle the experience to benefit the human rights movement and the organizations that fight for it on a daily basis.

 

Introducing the 350 Team: Shabani Ely Katembo

Is Climate Change somebody else's problem?

Before getting involved with 350.org, I had never thought about working on climate change. A few years ago when I was a student in Kinshasa, Congo, as millions of young Africans, I thought the environment was only a rich country issue. Like any young African who grew up in a family who lived on less than a dollar a day, my dream was to be airline pilot, and astronaut or a banker, ignoring the effects that our current ways of life have on the climate.

Check out my video introduction (it's in French, but click here for a subtitled version)