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Mainers join world in rally for climate

Although we’re not aware of any special activities taking place in the immediate area, the October 24 International Day of Climate Action is being observed at a number of Maine locations. From today’s Portland Press Herald:

Mainers around the state plan to take part in a worldwide rally to focus attention on a number – 350 – as a way to mobilize governments to fight climate change. Thousands of events around the world will incorporate the number 350 in all kinds of ways.

The number refers to what scientists say is a safe level of carbon dioxide in the world’s atmosphere, 350 parts per million. The concentration now is 387 parts per million, a level that is expected to trap enough additional heat to contribute to significant changes in the earth’s climate, which could affect sea levels, water supplies, economies, forests and wildlife.

The organizers of Saturday’s International Day of Climate Action – 350.org – hope to persuade world leaders to agree to strong greenhouse gas emissions controls at a summit in Copenhagen in December.

Photographs from the gatherings will be posted on the Web site www.350.org.

Read the rest of the article for examples of local activities.

Students at Kennebunk High School, Kennebunk, Maine

Students at Kennebunk High School, Kennebunk, Maine

A story in Seacoastonline.com describes some efforts by Kennebunk school children to participate in the event:

On Friday, Oct. 23, all of the children at Consolidated School will go out onto the lawn and form a giant number 350.

On Saturday, the Revere bell in the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk will ring out 350 times at 3:50 p.m.

Both events are part of the International Day of Climate Action being organized worldwide by 350.org. Events will be taking place worldwide, organizers say, to draw attention to the world’s climate needs before the United Nations Climate Change Conference, due to take place several weeks from now.

“People are going to show their support for the goal to reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to below 350 parts per million,” said Sassy Smallman, an environmental activist and chairman of Kennebunk’s Energy Committee.

…The kids at Consolidated School have spent the week thinking about the environment and doing their part to improve it, said parent and Go Green Committee member Sarah LaChance.

“Last Friday I went in front of the student body and asked them to participate in a carbon challenge week,” said LaChance, who added that the school is already doing wonderful things for the environment, such as making plans for solar panels and a greenhouse.

“This effort dovetails with that,” she said.

Also, each of the students was given a sheet with squares to be filled in for earth-friendly activities each completes, ranging from giving up TV one night in favor of board games to shutting the lights off at home. Each student who fills in seven or more squares will be recognized at Friday’s assembly, LaChance said.

Following that, all of the students will file outside, where they’ll form a human “350” on the lawn. All of that, LaChance said, will help remind the students that they are part of a global society.

“They’ll be participating in a global event,” she said. “Doing this is such a great opportunity for the kids.”

Source: York County Coast Star.

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