Climate activists love their numbers. They catch the media's attention. But for the uninitiated, they may not have much of a meaning. Here's a primer.
The group 350.org - co-founded by the author Bill McKibben - advocates for the idea that 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide is the safe limit for humanity to continue to thrive. That target's been considered somewhat radical - as recently as 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report that helped set the more conventional-widsom-based idea of 450 parts per million. (We're around 391 ppm right now, based on annually-gathered data.)
350.org has organized global events the last two years with the idea of raising awareness and political involvement worldwide in advance of global talks about climate policy - United Nations sponsored events, previously in Poznan and Copenhagen, or this winter's upcoming UN talks in Mexico City.
Malibu’s Surfrider Beach is officially the first-ever World Surfing Reserve, reports LA Times. “The designation is largely ceremonial and does not grant greater protection for the surf. But surfers and conservationists hope that enshrining the world’s best breaks … will one day lead to legally binding protections against development and pollution.”
Spotted a ladybug or lizard? Snap a pic, quick — for science! Anyone can be a citizen ecologist-scientist with Project NOAH: “This new mobile ecology platform is turning images of sporadic animal and plant sightings in the confines of homes, backyards, and neighborhood parks into scientific contributions on a mass scale,” writes Jill Priluck in Slate.
CicLAvia happens to fall on 10/10/10 — a “Global Work Party” day of climate action loosely coordinated by environmental organization 350.org, which has green activists around the world holding both fun and serious events aimed at pushing policymakers to address climate change. This means that eco-friendly parties are planned not just around CicLAvia — but all over L.A. and around the world tomorrow. Here are my top picks for how you can celebrate:
- If you’re at CicLAvia, join the Rally to Kick Coal and Oil Out of Los Angeles. Organized by Green LA, Sierra Club, 350.org, Greenpeace, and other environmental organizations, the event will urge the City of Los Angeles to move toward cleaner energy sources. The rally begins at 12:30 pm on the south lawn of Los Angeles City Hall at the corner of Main and First in downtown Los Angeles.
CicLAvia happens tomorrow — so get ready to party on the car-free streets! Here’s a shortlist of the fun you can have:
- Blogdowntown’s put together a list of activities in downtown L.A., ranging from a free yoga class to free tea in Little Tokyo.
- At Bikeside, Alex Thompson’s put together an eclectic list of 11 things to do during CicLAvia — from watching futbol to getting creative with sidewalk chalk.
- Not sure how to get to CicLAvia? Streetsblog LA has a list of meetups from Burbank to Westwood, so you can travel to the CicLAvia route with fellow bike and public transit lovers in your neighborhood.
- To take public transit to the event on your own, consult Metro’s The Source, which has list of bus detours (PDF) — and a list of subway stations close to the CicLAvia route.
- And don’t forget to move your cars for CicLAvia, Curbed LA reminds drivers.
If it's Friday night, it's time for campaign finance numbers. (Really?)
Let's review: Proposition 23 would freeze AB32's provisions – most notably, efforts to create a cap and trade system for certain industries in California – until unemployment drops to 5.5% for 4 consecutive quarters (undefined in state law currently, but they don't mean NBA).
The fact that oil companies from out of state are funding the campaign to pass this proposition isn't news. We've talked about it on KPCC a bunch of times – the last time I did was with Madeleine Brand on the first week of her show.
A new and still cursory look at late and large expenditures shows yet another epic battle over a proposition in California - this one between Texas oil and Silicon Valley. (scroll down for a word from the no on 23 folks on that.)