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In spite of the rainy weather, people came out to Crane Beach to sign banners, listen to speakers, and take a photo. Activists of all ages also gathered at the sandbar at World's End. In partnership with Sustainable South Shore, participants sported life vests and a sign to send a message that we want to keep this precious sandbar above water.
Photos from both events were sent to Massachusetts representatives and to the 350.org website, which compiled photos of hundreds of events from Australia to Africa to South America. It was all part of 350.org's goal to get people to act in unison in order to send a message about the need for bold climate legislation – now. 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. 350.org is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis – the solutions that science and justice demand. 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. The 350 event 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. The current level of CO2 in our atmosphere: 386. So, if we're going to get that number down, we need comprehensive action now.
As Trustees, we believe that global climate change action begins right here at home. Crane Beach and World's End are two of our most iconic coastal properties where we welcome thousands of visitors every year. But, if we don't curb climate change, then rising temperatures and rising waters threaten to destroy these spectacular places forever.
Visit 350.org for more information about what you can do to speak up against climate change now.