350 in the New York Times

In yesterday’s New York Times, Thomas Friedman published an essay called “Mother Nature’s Dow.” If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth checking out: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/29/opinion/29friedman.html

Here’s the paragraph we’re especially interested in:

“It’s true, Mother Nature doesn’t tell us with one simple number how she’s feeling. But if you follow climate science, what has been striking is how insistently some of the world’s best scientists have been warning – in just the past few months – that climate change is happening faster and will bring bigger changes quicker than we anticipated just a few years ago. Indeed, if Mother Nature had a Dow, you could say that it, too, has been breaking into new (scientific) lows.”

As you well know, it turns out we DO have one simple number: 350. 350 tells us that Mother Nature isn’t feeling well at all, since we’ve already exceeded the safe level of Carbon in the atmosphere (we’re at 387 today), and that to get back to 350 to be on the right track.

Can you write a letter to the editor of the New York Times RIGHT NOW and clarify Friedman’s point about Mother Nature’s magic number?

Here’s how–you can click here and get taken to a form that helps you write and send the letter.

Thomas Friedman is one of the most influential people in the United States right now–and the New York Times is considered the “Newspaper of Record.” 

If we can make our voices heard, we have a real chance at shifting public opinion and gaining massive exposure for 350 and everthing that it stands for.



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