[Ed] First filed here but now with more info
GetUp! and 350.org have joined forces to hold events all over the planet on Saturday, 24 October. They want governments in every country to take action to keep our CO2 levels below 350ppm (parts per million) to prevent catastrophic climate change.
Details from GetUp!’s website, where you can RSVP:
Date & Time
October 24th, 2009 @ 1:30 pm
Climate Action Canberra
GAMBLING WITH THE CLIMATE
A performance by comedian Rod Quantock with games, prizes, festivities and more!
Guest speaker – GetUp Campaigns Director & Canberran, Ed Coper
New Parliament House lawns
1.30pm Saturday 24 October
It’s fun, free, and everyone is welcome!
If you want to come as an individual, you’re welcome, or if your group wants to take part with us, that’s great too!
Prizes for the best dressed! Come as a polar bear, polluter or politician!
Brindabella Baby are donating a book prize for best dressed kid, and there will be others too.
So why is it so important that we keep CO2 levels in the atmosphere under 350ppm? Because we want to prevent catastrophic climate change.
We humans evolved at a time when levels were 280ppm. The current level is 387ppm. The Rudd government policy is to cap levels at 450ppm, but government policies would lead to levels of up to 650ppm if adopted by other countries.
The government’s own Garnaut Review says that if levels rise above 450ppm, Australian temperatures will rise up to 4.9C by 2100. The number of days predicted to have extreme bushfire risk will increase from current levels of 5-25 days per year, to 100-300 days per year by 2067. In Queensland, temperature-related deaths will rise from 1,747 per year currently to between 5,878 and 9,500 per year by 2100. Here in Canberra, the number of days with temperatures over 35C will increase from 5 per year (currently) to 32 per year by 2100. And if you think that sucks, Darwin will have less than 8 weeks a year with temperatures under 35C by 2100. The number of days per year in Australia with bushfire risk at Extreme is projected to rise from 5-25 days per year in 2013, to 100-300 days per year by 2067.
Bring on the nutcases who think climate change is not really happening… I’m of the opinion that is better to mitigate a risk with catastrophic consequences, regardless of the probability of it occurring.