Bill McKibben, whose 1989 book “The End of Nature” was one of the first to warn of the threats of climate change, has helped launch a 90-second clip that puts the spotlight on global warming and where we need to be if human civilization is going to survive. The clip does not have words and it is assumed that this is because, global warming is a problem transcends language, culture and country.
Once upon a time, long ago, before industrialization, before coal-fired power plants spewed carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that’s precipitated climate change, there was a number. That number, 275, was the parts per million of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.
Flash forward more than 150 years later, that number has risen. The earth is hotter and we are in serious trouble. We’re up to about 387 parts per million of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Based on the most up-to-date science, the goal to avoid any kind of global catastrophe and to get our carbon dioxide number down to 350 parts per million.
“We now in the last year have that number,” McKibben says, “and it’s probably the most important number in the world.”
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