Sunday, May 10, 2009 — Find out what it means is one of our training partners in Turkey. This short video explains what the number 350 stands for:

What's the best way to introduce the world to 350?

With over 4000 languages spoken around the world, it's probably not with a bunch of words. We did our best to boil down the science of global warming and vision of the 350 movement in 90 seconds. Check it out.

Still confused? Maybe we need some words after all. Here's their mission statement: is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis--the solutions that justice demand.

Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis--to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.

Our focus is on the number 350--as in parts per million, the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. But 350 is more than a number--it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.

To tackle climate change we need to move quickly, and we need to act in unison--and 2009 will be an absolutely crucial year. This December, world leaders will meet in Copenhagen, Denmark to craft a new global treaty on cutting emissions. The problem is, the treaty currently on the table doesn't meet the severity of the climate crisis--it doesn't pass the 350 test.

In order to unite the public, media, and our political leaders behind the 350 goal, we're harnessing the power of the internet to coordinate a planetary day of action on October 24, 2009. We hope to have actions at hundreds of iconic places around the world - from the Taj Mahal to the Great Barrier Reef to your community - and clear message to world leaders: the solutions to climate change must be equitable, they must be grounded in science, and they must meet the scale of the crisis.

If an international grassroots movement holds our leaders accountable to the latest climate science, we can start the global transformation we so desperately need.

Dumb Americans

This is that news segment from Australian television about dumb Americans that I showed at our May 8th orientation meeting. Very funny, maybe exaggerated, but there are a lot of statistics that show it's not all that inaccurate.

And here are some real interesting links on the subject:

Dumb and Dumber: Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge?
NY Times review of a recent book on the subject.
GeoTube Videos
The YouTube of geography videos.
Geographically Dumb Americans
A survey conducted by National Geographic magazine

Are You a Dumb American?
Take the quiz yourself!