Ray Anderson will be in Philadelphia this month as the keynote speaker for 350.org’s International Day of Climate Action. What is 350.org? It’s an international campaign founded by American environmentalist and writer Bill McKibben, which focuses on reversing the disastrous path of our earth’s climate through a worldwide Day of Climate Action. Climate scientists and experts have established 350 as the maximum number of parts per million (ppm) of atmospheric carbon dioxide that is considered safe for living beings. The earth has already surpassed this safety level with an alarming 390 ppm.
On October 24 at 1 p.m., government leaders and the public will unite to demonstrate against the escalating global climate crisis. Iconic sites throughout the globe, including Independence Mall in Philadelphia, will serve as locations for anyone who wants to participate in this grassroots campaign. In addition to Ray Anderson, Katherine Gajewski, Philadelphia’s Director of Sustainability, will also be speaking.
Following the event, which will include the making of a “human graphic” of the numerals 3-5-0, Joseph Fox Book Shop will present a book signing with Ray Anderson at the Grand Court at the Bourse.
Philadelphia has its own vibrant chapter. Email Andrew Lavine, firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up to volunteer at 350philly.org.