TO draw public attention to “350 parts per million (ppm)”, the number scientists claim is the safe upper limit for the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, international grassroots campaign 350.org has been working hard for the past two years to raise awareness.
The current amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere stands at 387ppm. This is why the Arctic is melting and we are feeling the impacts of climate change all around world. Scientists say if we don’t return to the safe level of not more than 350ppm, we risk breaching the tipping point for runaway climate change.
350.org chose Saturday, 24 Oct 2009, as the international day of climate action. More than 5,200 rallies and events were held in 181 countries, including in Malaysia, to jolt world leaders about the need to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions.
Action was taken at iconic spots worldwide such as at the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Mount Everest, and the Sydney Opera House.
In Malaysia, some students “froze” and flash-danced in front of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Others in Penang cycled for 3.5km in support of the campaign, while yet another bunch of students dived into the waters of Perhentian Island in an effort to save the coral reefs.
Gan Pei Ling is part of the Malaysian Youth Climate Justice Network (MyCJN). She took part in the Asian Youth Climate Workshop sponsored by 350.org, and helped coordinate the flash dance organised by MyCJN.
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