350.org is an international campaign that’s building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis—the solutions that science and justice demand.
Why 350? 350.org focuses on the number 350—as in parts per million CO2. If we can’t get below that, scientists say, the damage we’re already seeing from global warming will continue and accelerate. But 350 is more than a number. It’s a symbol of where we need to head as a planet. We are now at 400 ppm and rising. Last year, scientists warned us that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could rise above 400 parts per million and stay there. We hit 400 once on May 9, 2013. Then on April 9, 2014, we hit 402 ppm, and April 2014 became the first month in more than 800,000 years that CO2 levels averaged above 400 ppm. This illustrates how far emissions have risen from their pre-industrial levels of 280 ppm.
The 350.org theory of change is simple: If an international grassroots movement holds our leaders accountable to the latest climate science, we can start the global transformation we so desperately need.
On the local level, 350 Pensacola joins the global movement to help solve the climate crisis.
350 Pensacola provides local support for the global 350.org campaign. The group works along the Gulf Coast to bring people together in an effort to make the safe upper limit of 350 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere a reality. 350 Pensacola offers lectures, discussion courses, workshops and other activities to encourage people to examine their personal values and habits and develop strategies for acting on their commitment to a healthy Earth and sustainable future.
We host and organize community events such as Moving Planet Pensacola, Climate Impacts Day, the annual Cool the Panhandle Funky Bike Fest, and Hands Across the Sand.
We have committees that work on specific issues, with one of our current committees working on a proposal for a Climate Action Plan for the City of Pensacola. 350 Pensacola is an independent organization and a member of the 350 Local Group Network.