350 Updates

G8: Asleep at the Wheel

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Last week we asked 350ers to take action on climate by sending a message to the leaders of the 8 richest countries in the world -- those nations are responsible for more than 62% of human-produced CO2 in the atmosphere.

Thousands of you sent messages to those leaders in six different languages, and this week, our friends at Avaaz and Oxfam will deliver those signatures to the hotel rooms of each G8 delegate in Hokkaido, Japan, so they will hear your voices.

 

Japan: A Growing Movement

Two of our organizing team just finished up a trip to Japan to help build the 350 movement in Asia - take a look at our report:

 

How I Spent My Fourth of July

True, I'm an American. But I spent the 4th of July in Beijing, talking over video to a big United Nations conference in Tokyo, about the most important number in the world.

The conference, at United Nations University, featured Jim Hansen detailing the science. I did my best to explain what the science meant in terms of the new international negotiations--mainly, the Copenhagen in December of 2009 represents our last chance to get things right. Others--notably Ted Nordhaus of the Breakthrough Institute--focused on the need for new technological innovation.

For me, though, the most notable part of the day was simply being in China, talking to Japan--and realizing, not for the first time, what a big planet and a small one it is at the same time.Happy Independence Day to the Americans reading this website, and Happy Interdependence Day to all of us.

 

Tell the G8: The World is Waking Up

I'm writing this from Japan, and I've got news to share: the world is waking up to the climate crisis.
Next week, the leaders of the 8 richest countries in the world will meet here in Japan for the annual "G8 Summit." This year, the climate crisis is at the top of the agenda-and we have a rare opportunity to hold our world leaders accountable.

Help us send a message to the G8 that it's time to lead on climate change.

http://www.350.org/g8petition

 

Reflections on Sweden

Here are some of Bill's reflections from the Tällberg Forum in Sweden this past week. Also, if you're at all confused about the 350.org campaign goals or strategy, it's always nice to hear things from a different perspective. Here are some ah-ha moments from another Tällberg participant after hearing Bill speak.

For many, the high point of the Tällberg Forum might have been former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan playing the congas--and he did rock. But the most impressive thing was...

 

 

Policy Roundup -- USA, Britain, Germany, Japan, India, China

We're not much in the way of policy wonks here at 350.org headquarters. Rather we're organizers at heart -- we want to see a real grassroots movement flourish and mobilize citizens and world leaders together to set us on course to a safe and just world at or below 350 parts per million (ppm) co2.

But it's still good to keep tabs on all that's happening around the world. There is no shortage of good people working hard to set countries on course to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So what's the latest?

Many folks likely heard about the US's failed climate legislation last month. The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act was a weak (but improving) attempt to get the US set on course to be a leader on combating climate change. But the legislation sputtered to a halt rather suddenly leaving the US as still among the foremost contributors to global warming without a real plan for change.

 

Taking it Slow in Japan

Feel like you're always moving too fast? Next time your in Tokyo, take the chance to slow down at a unique cafe on the outskirts of the city.

Claire Tsai, one of our newest staff members from Taiwan, and I are currently working in Japan to build the 350 movement here and connect with organizations and activists. One of the first people we met was Keibo Oiwa, founder of the “Sloth Movement,” in Japan and owner of Cafe Slow. Claire and I talked with him over a delicious, slow-food meal at his cafe – the epicenter of the growing slow movement in Japan.

 

Rajendra Pachauri: "The world's will to tackle climate change is irresistible"

In a visit to the U.S. last week, Nobel Prize winner and Indian climate scientist Rajendra Pachauri, urged U.S. lawmakers at all levels to make commitments to serious emissions cuts and lead the way for the world in a transition to a clean energy economy. Myself and fellow 350.org campaigner May Boeve caught up with Dr. Pachauri following a panel discussion in San Francisco. He was excited to hear about the work 350 is doing, and urged us to continue to advocate for serious climate action in the lead up to the UN meetings in Copenhagen.

Today Dr. Pachauri has an illuminating op-ed in the Guardian entitled, "The world's will to tackle climate change is irresistible".