Moving Planet, 24th September 2011 will be a day of action against climate change- a day to put our demands for climate action into motion—marching, biking, skating—calling for the world to go beyond fossil fuels.
Moving Planet is an international day of action planned by 350.org. It is intended to build support for moving the planet away from fossil fuels and towards sustainable transportation. On September 24, 2011 participants from over 175 countries will hold events aimed at solving the climate change crisis by eliminating our global dependence on fossil fuels.
What is the Goal of the Day?
The goal is to get moving beyond fossil fuels—both symbolically by pouring into the streets in the thousands on foot, bicycle and other means of sustainable movement, and politically by bringing powerful demands to our leaders that day to move beyond fossil fuels to a 350 ppm world. Mobilizing for individual and community solutions will continue to be important—but one of the main goals for Moving Planet is to demand government action, especially in places where governments are stalling on climate action despite the overwhelming urgency of the science.
The Moving Planet is not just about sustainable actions- but also about delivering a clear list of demands.
- Science-based policies to get us back to 350 ppm.
- A rapid, just transition to zero carbon emissions.
- A mobilization of funding for a fair transition to a 350 ppm world.
- Lifting the rights of people over the rights of polluters.
What is a 350 ppm World?
The ideology behind 350.org’s campaign is the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
For all of human history until about 200 years ago, our atmosphere contained 275 parts per million of carbon dioxide. By now—the planet has about 392 parts per million CO2 – and this number is rising by about 2 parts per million every year. Scientists are now saying that’s too much – that number is higher than any time seen in the recorded history of our planet. 350 parts per million is what many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere.
Why Focus on Moving Away from Fossil Fuels?
- The global fossil fuel infrastructure is a threat to our future everywhere, polluting our oceans, our land, our communities, our air, and our children’s lungs.
- It’s corrupting our politics with over $600 billion in subsidies globally, and hundreds of millions in campaign contributions in the United States in the last 10 years.
- The continued burning of coal and oil is what will tip climate change into climate catastrophe – getting off fossil fuels is the number one thing we need to do to get below 350ppm.
- Fossil fuels connect to many issues—sustainable agriculture, transportation, and water to name a few.
What is Everyone Doing and What Action Can You Take to Join In?
Some of the events happening include-
- Students in the Dominican Republic are painting the first bike lanes in Santo Domingo.
- Hundreds in Ukraine will be “flash-dancing” in the main square of Kiev.
- A massive parade is planned in Egypt, where participants will wear blue clothing to form a giant human Nile river.
- Hundreds of Parisians will unite to form an image of a wind-turbine.
- In New York, a giant bike ride calling for climate action will end at the United Nations General Assembly.
You can find an event happening in your area or start your own!