Time is ticking away for the world to agree on a climate treaty to follow the Kyoto Protocol. To make sure delegates in Bonn, Germany, where climate negotiators are now gathering, get it, activists from 350.org and other groups created a spectacular aerial art image of an exclamation point with the message "Yes You Can."If you're unfamiliar with 350.org, they are a group that's advocating for an international climate agreement that put us below 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere, which scientists say is the safe limit. We are already at 386 ppm, so we have some work to do.
Make no mistake--getting back to 350 means transforming our world. It means building solar arrays instead of coal plants, it means planting trees instead of clear-cutting rainforests, it means increasing efficiency and decreasing our waste. Getting to 350 means developing a thousand different solutions--all of which will become much easier if we have a global treaty grounded in the latest science and built around the principles of equity and justice. To get this kind of treaty, we need a movement of people who care enough about our shared global future to get involved and make their voices heard.
The event drew over 500 climate activists to Bonn. The German city is hosting climate negotiations in advance of the big climate meeting in Copenhagen in December, where all of the world's governments will gather to hammer out a deal. At issue are targets for emissions reductions and the mechanisms for meeting those targets, including carbon trading and forest protection.
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