International Climate Activist Bill McKibben And 350.org Support The Leave Me Alone Campaign
More and more people around the world understand that protecting tiger forests and fighting climate change are not just overlapping struggles, they are the SAME struggle.
In supporting the Leave Me Alone campaign, Bill McKibben, world-renowned climate activist and leader of 350.org, the global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis, highlighted the link between protecting tigers, their habitat, and the earth’s climate: "Tigers live in the forest, and so does carbon – let’s protect the planet at the same time that we protect one of its most beautiful inhabitants!"
An American writer, environmentalist, educator, and climate activist, Bill McKibben wrote the first book about climate change for a lay audience, The End of Nature, nearly 25 years ago. In 2007, McKibben, a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, joined with a group of students to create 350.org. The organisation drew its name from the contention of NASA scientist James Hansen that any atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) above 350 parts per million (ppm) was unsafe for the stability of the global climate and for life on earth.
Top climate scientist at the UN and former leader of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Rajendra Pachauri agreed that atmospheric concentrations of CO2 must be reduced to 350 ppm, and in the past few years, a countless scientists, climate experts, policy-makers, and citizens around the world have agreed on the scientific importance of the 350 ppm target, and used it as a focal point for global activism to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
350.org is active in every country except North Korea, with 300 organisations around the globe. In his new book Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, McKibben says that our once-familiar planet is melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways and at a pace that no human has ever seen before. It is so different from what our ancestors knew a few generations ago that we might as well call it Eaarth. McKibben says that our hope depends on scaling back, quickly. He and the scientists, activists, experts, and everyday citizens engaged in the 350 movement insist that this must include protecting and restoring the carbon-storing forests without which climate change will become a runaway physical phenomenon that is unstoppable. James Hansen says of the book, “Bill McKibben foresaw the ‘end of nature’ very early on, and in this new book he blazes a path to help preserve nature’s greatest treasures.”
In an April 2013 speech in New York City, McKibben declared that the work of 350.org and all climate activists around the world is about saving the earth through human solidarity. “The world’s richest people don’t want to act (on climate change) because it would reduce their wealth somewhat. These people have been able to use their wealth to make sure that nothing ever happens to fix the climate crisis. This is the largest social justice issue that we have ever faced. 350.org has set to work around the world. We’ve found that rich people tend to believe they are immune to climate change. Most of the people 350.org works with around the world are poor, and black, and brown, and Asian and young, because that is what most of the world consists of, and those people care as much about the future as anybody, more so, because if you’re poor in this world, the future bears down harder on you than anyone else. This work is not about charity, it’s about human solidarity.”
To connect with 350.org in India, go to: https://www.facebook.com/350India
For more information about 350.org and Bill McKibben, visit:
Speaking with Bill McKibben.
Eaarth: Making A Life On A Tough New Planet.
Meet Bill McKibben.