350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries.
CONNECT THE DOTS is the 350.org event that this blog site is supporting.
The DOTS are bringing the places that have already been affected by climate change to world attention as milestones towards feared chaos from flooding, destructive storms and hurricanes, rising sea levels, desertification and drought.
As reported by the Health Protection Agency -
FLOODING from rising sea levels and from high rainfall, reducing land area, drowning islands and seeping into low lying agricultural land.
HEATWAVES producing heat stroke, drying of land and water courses, melting of glaciers and Arctic sea ice raising sea levels, and desertification of land
COLD WEATHER causing illnesses related to cold and reducing growing seasons for food crops.
WINDSTORMS causing crop and tree destruction and damage to buildings and infrastructure.
THE CAUSES OF CLIMATE CHANGE in the past have been through natural events such as solar radiation increases through changes in orbit the of the earth around the sun or increased solar heat, variations in CO2 in the upper atmosphere, volcanic eruptions and changes in ocean or atmospheric currents.
The current concern is that mankind has produced a significant enough increase in CO2 in the upper atmosphere – through the burning of fossil fuels and from various agricultural practices - causing an increase in the greenhouse effect, and threatening to reach levels that would make life on earth very unpleasant and deadly for most living things – including humans.
350 the number of parts per million above which runaway self sustaining global warming may set in – and the latest figures reported by 350.org is over 390ppm.
The need for action to reduce CO2 in the upper atmosphere is immediate, but although there have been many attempts to get countries to agree to reduce their CO2 emissions – starting with the Kyoto Protocol in 2002 – the economic impact perceived by some nations has prevented international action crucial to reducing global warming.
CONNECT THE DOTS WILL MAKE THE CONSEQUENCES CLEAR.
This Connecting the Dots is an extension of those dots into the provinces of matters affecting global warming and the options for reducing CO2 emissions and mitigating the effects of climate change and creating a sustainable future for life on planet earth.