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Scores of people joined hands Saturday, October 24, in Bicentennial Park (Downtown Miami) to form the number 350, representing the critical 350 parts per million limit of atmospheric CO2 which must be attained this century, beyond which scientists say the Earth will have reached a tipping point leading inexorably towards climate catastrophe. Current levels are at 390 ppm.
The Miami-Dade Green Party participated while espousing a more critical stance, insisting that any environmentally appropriate climate bill must not include nuclear energy nor so-called "clean coal." Read more
The October event, known as "350 Day" followed on the heals of the roll out of the Kerry-Boxer Senate Energy Bill. The Green Party has characterized the bill as "an armful of retreats and compromises." Not only does the bill fall far short of emissions standards set by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, it contains subsidies for offshore drilling, "clean coal," and for new nuclear power, which are false energy alternatives. Greens say our resources should be placed instead into the development of clean, safe and sustainable energy solutions, creating new green jobs that will boost the economy. (See gp.org)
Highlighting the Miami 350 day were tours of the sailing vessel Ocean Watch, making a stop in Miami on it's historic hemispheric voyage around the Americas, made possible only by the opening of the Northwest Passage by the melting of the polar ice cap. (See aroundtheamericas.org)
Poignantly, visitors aboard the Ocean Watch were reminded of the importance of the day's events as the air around the lithe wind powered vessel became fouled with the diesel smoke belching from smokestacks of nearby gargantuan cruise liners lined up at the Port of Miami to depart for their weekend of fun.