350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the safe upper limit for atmospheric CO2 to sustain life as we know it on the planet. It’s the number that could define our future.
When you consider that we’re already at 385 parts per million, according to data presented by scientists at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco last December, now is the time to start paying attention and 350 is the number not to beat. When author (The End of Nature, Deep Economy), educator and grassroots organizer Bill McKibben visited town this March, Austin Green Art founder Randy Jewart hosted a roundtable discussion with Bill and a roomful of Austin’s sustainability crowd. McKibbon, who also founded Step It Up 2007, which organized hundreds of rallies in support of curbs on carbon emissions, explained his latest project—the 350 Campaign (350.org), an international undertaking aimed at further raising awareness about global warming. Bottom line, we all need to do our part or we’re all gonna die, as in global death.
So we’re introducing a new department in our magazine: Edible 350. Read our 350 story by Helen Cordes on embracing the concept of zero waste (page 26) and making art out of trash. Check out the new Eco-resources on our website that source everything from compostable food packaging to environment-friendly household and garden products. Make a small (or large) change in your life and know that it will have a powerful and possibly planet-saving ripple eff ect, especially when you influence others to do the same.
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