We just reached what is likely the most important milestone in our climate‘s history, at least as observed through the lens of humankind. What does that convoluted sentence mean? We’ve reached 400ppm concentrations of carbon dioxide. The highest in millions of years.
I’ll let that sink in a moment.
400ppm. This is the number experts have long thought was the point of no return. This is the number that still may be, although some are considering 450ppm to be the new “worst case scenario.” I am not sure raising the bar in this instance is a good thing when we have a lot more data supporting a number which sparked a fantastic organization that stands for environmental activism: 350.org.
So I am thinking we have a few choices here.
Give up. Throw our hands into the air, declare the war won, and wait for the inevitable.
Hole up and listen to Free Bird on repeat.
Recognize that while the earth may remain, our actions will make sure that our species, along with so many more, will not – stand up and do something!
And I think that includes listening to some of the amazing voices of our time. I was inspired by listening to the Dalai Lama and David Suzuki when they joined our governor and the executive director of Oregon Environmental Council at Portland’s Environmental Summit to discuss what our future can and should look like as our actions change the world for the worse and the better. There are great people who believe we have not passed the point of no return.
Individual actions matter.
Family actions matter.
Large group actions matter.
So what is one small step we can take today to alleviate some of the pressure on our environment? I would love for us all to name one.