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350 Wesleyan takes on Lieberman’s office

Some Wes students went and made quite the ruckus over in Hartford. Check out this video of the 350 Wesleyan demonstration outside of Senator Lieberman’s office:

This Friday, Wesleyan students marched in Hartford to press Senator Joe Lieberman, key architect of the Senate climate change legislation, to protect the EPA’s authority and stabilize CO2 at no more than 350 ppm. By the end of the demonstration, the students had interacted with hundreds of people in downtown Hartford, passing out fliers and information, and the students extracted a promise from Lieberman’s staff that Senator Lieberman would personally view their 4-foot petition stating “For our economy, for our planet: Protect the EPA” signed by the march attendees.

Lieberman, along with senators Lindsay Graham and John Kerry, is currently in the process of forging bipartisan climate change legislation- which is great. However, in the process, he is making too many concessions to the nuclear and coal industries- which is not so great. The EPA’s authority to regulate emissions as specified in the Clean Air Act is a critical tool that needs to be preserved in order to punish coal-fired power plants, which contribute to one third of the US’s carbon emissions.

The demonstration has gotten coverage at It’s Getting Hot in Here, the Middletown Press, My Left Nutmeg, and Clean Energy for Connecticut

This is only the beginning. As the climate bill takes shape and becomes the top concern of the Senate, 350 Wesleyan hopes to unify climate change advocacy groups around Connecticut.

Cool it at 350! WesMarch for Lieberman Leadership

From Erin O’Donnell ’12:

Senator Joseph Lieberman is one of the key people shaping our country’s climate change legislation. He is expected to release a compromise framework before the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December.

Join Wesleyan 350 to rally in front of Lieberman’s office in Hartford. Show our senator that his constituents care about strong climate legislation! The bus to Hartford will leave from Usdan at 2:15pm and return by 6pm.

Date: Friday, 12/4
Time: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: bus from Usdan, rally at 1 Constitution Plaza in Hartford

Rally for Climate Solutions this Friday

From 350 Wesleyan:

Powershift-2009-sea-of-green-at-the-capitol-photoCome to the statewide Rally for Climate Solutions this Friday, November 13th!!

350 Wesleyan and ConnPIRG are planning a powerful event to show Senator Lieberman and Senator Dodd that students from all over Connecticut are asking for strong, environmental leaders.

It is crucial that we take action now, as the Senate considers climate legislation, and the UN prepares for its Copenhagen climate conference.

We will start rallying at Senator Dodd’s office and march into downtown Hartford to Senator Lieberman’s office, where we will deliver our school’s 350.org photos, an intra-college petition, and hear inspirational speakers give a voice to our cause. There will be music, megaphones and noisemaking gaiety

A FREE BUS will leave campus at 2:30.  Meet at Usdan at 2:15. You will be back before 6

Please email dlfischer at wes to RSVP as soon as possible. Seats will fill up quick.

Date: Friday, Nov. 13
Time: meet at 2:15 for a 2:30 bus
Location: Usdan

350 Climate Action- Aftermath

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Thanks to everyone who came out to Foss Hill yesterday and posed for our global photo petition. The picture came out really well, (as you can see) and we will be sending it to 350.org to be displayed in Times Square and sent to political leaders all around the world.

Check out 350.org for an amazing slide show of 350 events across the globe. I found this video, taken in Adis Ababa, Ethiopia, especially moving:

This is just the beginning. We’re taking this momentum and using it to fuel a year’s worth of climate action. Stay tuned for more 350 events!

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Wesleyan’s Environmental Organizer’s Network (EON) has organized an event for 350, the international climate change movement, set to take place this Thursday at 6:00 PM. Here’s a bit about what 350 is, why it matters, and what we’re doing here at wes.

350 (click to listen)

boy350In 2008, the journal Science published a report co-authored by the leading NASA climatologist James Hanson and Wesleyan’s own Dana Royer, among others. Entitled Target Atmospheric CO2: Where Should Humanity Aim?, the article painted a dire picture of the global climate situation.

The report stated: “If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 385 parts per million (ppm) to at most 350 ppm.”

With this declaration, Hanson and his co-authors made the choice clear: either we change our destructive ways, or we face a self-induced annihilation.

Since the publication of this report, IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri, Al Gore, and the governments of over 80 countries have endorsed the 350 target. The number has been appropriated by a global climate change movement, 350.org, in hopes of raising awareness about the Earth’s foreboding condition.

350 is more than a number. It is a global call for the world’s governments, most notably our own, to recognize special interests, such as the coal and oil industries, as minuscule in comparison to the implications of catastrophic climate change. By now, it’s no secret that global warming will affect us all . From the threat increasing desertification across the globe, to the prospect of a subaqueous New York City, climate change and its consequences are rapidly arriving. Therefore, 350 is not a goal, but an ultimatum—one that originates from people around the world and that is directed at governments around the world. It is a demand that people living in the world today and in the future be given precedence above short term financial benefits .

We are now at a critical point in the climate change movement. Just a few wcandid2 350eeks ago, the US Senate began considering climate change legislation. Furthermore, the United Nations climate change negotiations—the world’s first chance since the Kyoto Protocol of 1997 to sign and put into action a binding climate change treaty—are being held this December. It is more important now than ever before that we show our support for a sustainable future, one in which America plays a key role in leading the way forward.