This past weekend I got together with the current “Leaders in Training” of the Chicago Conservation Corps sponsored by the City’s Department of the Environment.

This group is composed of individuals committed to making change and promoting sustainable initiatives within our own communities. We joined a 5-week training program at the Chicago Center for Green Technology that brought us information and resources to plan our own green events. Our group also decided to support the International Day of Climate Action on October 24th, 2009 while gathering to study green institutions including the Chicago Household Chemicals & Electronics Recycling Center, the Ginko Organic Gardens (they grow organic foods for low income persons living with HIV/AIDS) and the North Park Village Nature Center & Resource Center.

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Chicago Conservation Corps supports 350.org

So why hold up this banner and make a fuss? And what does 350 mean, anyway?

350 parts per million is what many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. We have already surpassed that safety mark and are now at over 387 parts per million of CO2; its time to reverse this polluting, harmful trend. If you want to get more specific details visit the 350.org website or click here

Its necessary that the U.S. reverse its embarrassing lack of commitment to a sustainable future.  While our country was the world’s leader in carbon emissions in the early 90s, the Bush Administration withheld support so that we were one of only three industrialized countries that refused to sign the Kyoto Treaty on Global Climate Change! So now its time to let our current leaders know that we need to take a different and more principled stand on greenhouse gas emissions reductions by coming together with other world leaders in the Global Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December ’09. Lets participate, communicate and commit to being a responsible role model in reducing our carbon emissions that cause Global Warming!

If you want to add your support, please sign up for membership in groups like 1Sky and 350.

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