NOAA announced on May 10, 2013 that the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has topped 400 parts per million. What the heck does that mean? Well, for starters, it means that for every million molecules of air; 400 of them are now CO2. Who cares? Well, everyone UN Climate talks did. 400 ppm was the level they said at which things would start to get “dangerous.” Further, its a number we’ve blown by so fast that we are likely to reach irreversible damage within a couple of decades. According to leading climate scientist Michael Mann, professor of meteorology at Penn State: “At 450 ppm, we commit to what could truly be described as dangerous and irreversible changes in our climate.” Did you hear that? Ahem, we are approaching IRREVERSIBLE!
The good news is, we’re not there yet. And our friend Bill McKibben of 350.org–who your kids will study and thank for what of our world still exists once you’re gas-guzzling-ass is long gone–urges: “The only question now is whether the relentless rise in carbon can be matched by a relentless rise in the activism necessary to stop it.”
So my question for you: Are you willing to get dirty to keep, in our hands, the future of our beautifully fragile, yet perfect planet? And just how dirty are you going to get? Is showing up to your next date with slightly sweaty pits cause you rode your bike worth preventing the next “Sandy?” Is it having less-than-long-lasting lipstick because you said no to the “shipped-from-China-used-for-a-second-then-sent-back-to-China-to-be-recycled” straw? Saving a head of lettuce from being shipped from miles away because you grew your own in your garden today?
Come on, who doesn’t like it a little dirty?