350.org This Saturday, October 24, thousands of communities around the world will be participating in the International Day of Climate Action.

Organized by 350.org, the day of action aims to unite the efforts of climate action advocates across the globe to increase public awareness on the need for meaningful political change to address global warming.

Specifically, participants in this weekend's actions will be working to heighten attention on the need for a strong international climate treaty to reach "350 parts per million"–the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere that scientists and climate experts say is a safe limit for humanity. As 350.org explains further:

"Accelerating arctic warming and other early climate impacts have led scientists to conclude that we are already above the safe zone at our current 390ppm, and that unless we are able to rapidly return to 350 ppm this century, we risk reaching tipping points and irreversible impacts such as the melting of the Greenland ice sheet and major methane releases from increased permafrost melt."

Over the past few weeks, National Wildlife Federation supporters have been prepping for their engagement with the international day of action too.

NWF's Forest Justice campaign has partnered with 350.org to organize film screenings on dozens of campuses across the country of Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai — a film to help us raise awareness about the devastating effects of deforestation and climate change on our world.

In addition to the film screenings, NWF supporters will also be joining actions in cities such as Honolulu and Seattle.

How You Can Be Part of the Action!

As mentioned, hundreds of actions will be taking place in cities across America this week, and it's not too late for you to join in!

  1. To find out about actions happening near you visit www.350.org/map

  2. Even if you can't come out to one of the events this weekend you can still add your voice to the millions calling for bold action to confront global warming today.

By Dominique Burgunder-Johnson, National Wildlife Federation

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Published: October 22, 2009