Inhabitants of Iceland’s capital region will gather to clean rubbish around the Vatnsmýri district in central Reykjavík today (beginning at 10 am) as part of the largest global day of climate action, boasting 4,000-plus events in more than 150 countries around the world.
An airplane flying over Vatnsmýri, where the domestic airport is located. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
The International Day of Climate Action is coordinated by 350.org to urge world leaders to take fast and effective action on global warming. The campaign focuses on a scientific data point: 350 parts per million CO2 is the safe upper limit for the atmosphere, a press release states.
Founded by author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, 350.org is the first large-scale grassroots global campaign against climate change. Its supporters include leading scientists, the governments of 89 countries, and a huge variety of environmental, health, development and religious NGOs.
Those involved agree that current atmospheric levels of CO2—390 parts per million—are causing damage to the planet and to its most vulnerable people, and that government action at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, December 7-18, is required to bring the earth’s carbon level swiftly down.
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