GMVS Nordic Helps Promote

FasterSkierOctober 20, 2009

As many in the ski world already know this Saturday, October 24th, is 350 day!br /br / This international day of action is a chance for us as a school, team and community to show that we are concerned about the effects our society is causing the world. It is also taking a positive stand and saying, “Yes we can do something.”br /br / This movement which will have nearly 400o events happening throughout the globe on Saturday is based upon the mission of local activist Bill McKibben. McKibben’s premise for this organization is that 350 parts per million is the safe amount of C02 we can have in our environment. It is the hopes of to show the worldwide support for these measures through photographic /br / Here at GMVS we are hosting SMS for a Girls soccer game and we are organizing a picture before that /br / Nordic Coach, Justin Beckwith, is also circumnavigating Manhatten via kayak with a group of friends and will also be taking photographs for 350. This journey is approximately 30 miles long. Many times the island of Manhatten has been used to illustrate what will happen if sea levels rise. Beckwith will get to see it first hand!br /br /The nordic team is also logging some serious km’s for the Green Team’s 350,000,000 m 350 Challenge. To date we have logged almost 3,000,000,000 meters. Read more at: /br / For more info on the orgins of 350 and what it’s all about read on. (By Tim Johnson • Free Press Staff Writer • October 11, 2009) p As a follow-up he (McKibben) has founded another organization with a wider scope — the world — and a more sharply focused message that’s compressed into what he calls “the most important number in the world” — 350. By his reckoning, that’s the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, in parts per million./ppThe current concentration is about 390 and rising, and unless the level is brought down during this century, he believes, excessive temperatures will put the Earth past the tipping point, with melting ice caps, rising sea levels, and devastating new drought and rainfall patterns./ppLike Step It Up, McKibben’s expects to nurture and publicize hundreds of anti-global-warming demonstrations on a single day, Oct. 24, all with the aim of imprinting “350” on the world’s consciousness. The aim is to raise the pressure on the world’s leading nations to set meaningful limits on emissions in talks scheduled for December in Copenhagen. Even McKibben admits that’s a tall order./pWe talked to him recently at his home in Ripton — which has more than a dozen large solar panels on the roof — about recent climate-change developments and the 350 campaign: Tim Johnson: What’s the latest science telling us about climate change?br /Bill McKibben: Basically, all the latest science can be summed up by saying, global warming is way ahead of schedule. We’re seeing huge changes with only fairly small increases in temperature — a little over one degree Fahrenheit, and that’s been enough to get the Arctic melting, every glacier in the world melting, changing hydrological cycles in profound ways, so we’re seeing much heavier bursts of rainfall than have ever been recorded. The science has gotten very clear about what we need to do. This number that we’ve been working with, 350, is new. Two years ago, no one knew it was important, but now, probably, it’s the most important number in the world. It represents the most carbon we can safely have in the atmosphere.div class=”blogger-post-footer”img width=’1′ height=’1′ src=’’ alt=” //div