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Save the earth

There’s a climate change campaign today

So what is this 350 all about, one asks the organisers of the “350 Campaign on Climate Change” slated for today.

“Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis, to create a new sense of urgency and possibility for our planet,” say the representatives from IYCN (The Indian Youth Climate Network) and 350.org.

“350 – as in parts per million, the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. But 350 is more than a number, it’s a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.”

Though the final climate meeting in Copenhagen doesn’t take place until December, governments will be finalising positions before the meeting takes place. These young activists hope that their creative actions will change negotiators attitudes, before important decisions are reached in December. And these activities will be echoed across the globe.

A couple of events planned for Saturday include The Flash Mob Run: “It’s an impromptu run on M.G. Road down to Central Mall to attract people’s attention to the crucial 350 figure that the world should aim for,” says Arun Patre. There is a Cycling Rally as well. “We will bike into key areas like M.G. Road and the large Malls and do a bike salute and then take a fun ride to Ulsoor,” says Mayank. There is also a community activity with Rajendranagar slum in association with Christ University students. “To raise awareness among the slum dwellers, we will exchange a traditional bulb with a CFL in each home, plant medicinal shrubs in pots and distribute a cloth bag to each home,”says Nitin Saboo. “I don’t want the developed world to impose restrictions on our Green House Gas emissions that will cripple India,” says Siddarth Gokul, a first year student of St. Joseph’s College, Autonomous. “But it’s a good thing that the world’s youth are not silent spectators and are coming together on Saturday, in a show of solidarity.”

If you want to be part of any of these events, contact Arun on 98808 91675 or arun.patre@gmail.com, Nitin on 9900606393 or nitinsaboo@gmail.com, and Mayank-9845155447 or mr.mynk@gmail.com

MARIANNE DE NAZARETH

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