350 Campaign Puts Pressure on Mcain and Obama
Reminding the presidential candidates that there’s an even bigger meltdown underway than the one on Wall Street, global warming activists today launched a drive to urge John McCain and Barack Obama to pledge that they’ll travel to Poland even before they’re inaugurated to reassure the rest of the world that America plans to resume active participation in the international fight to stabilise the climate.
People around the world have begun emailing and sending video invitations to the two presidential candidates, asking that they attend the U.N. Climate Meetings in Poland scheduled for early December.
A wide variety of environmental and human rights groups around the world, including Greenpeace, Avaaz.org, 1Sky, Grist, and more are participating in the email invitation campaign. “We’ve had invitations streaming in from India, from Australia, from China, and from across the U.S.,” said Jon Warnow, web strategist for the project. “People around the world know that much of their future, in some cases their very survival may hinge on the outcome of the U.S. elections.”
The email invitations urge Mcain and Obama not only to travel to Poland if elected, but also to endorse a strong package of measures to cut carbon emissions so that the atmospheric concentration of CO2 will eventually drop from its current 387 parts per million (ppm) back to 350, a number that scientists have deemed as the maximum safe level.
For more information about the campaign and to email an invite to the two presedential candidates visit the 350.org website and help spread the word.