The number 350 means climate safety: to preserve a
livable planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount
of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 400
parts per million to below 350 ppm.
We believe that a global grassroots movement can hold our
leaders accountable to the realities of science and the
principles of justice. That movement is rising from the
bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the
solutions that will ensure a better future for all. 350.org
was founded by a group of university friends in the U.S.
along with author Bill McKibben, who wrote one of the first
books on global warming for the general public.
When we started organizing in 2008, we saw climate
change as the most important issue facing humanity — but
climate action was mired in politics and all but stalled. We
didn’t know how to fix things, but we knew that one
missing ingredient was a climate movement that reflected
the scale of the crisis.
So we started organizing coordinated days of action that
linked activists and organizations around the world,
including the International Day of Climate Action in 2009,
the Global Work Party in 2010, Moving Planet in 2011,
and Climate Impacts Day in 2012. We held the “world’s
biggest art installation” and “the most widespread day of
political action in the planet’s history.” We figured that if
we were going to be a movement, then we had to start
acting like one.
Today, 350.org works in almost every country in the world
on campaigns like fighting coal power plants in India,
stopping the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S, and divesting
public institutions everywhere from fossil fuels. All of our
work leverages people power to dismantle the influence
and infrastructure of the fossil fuel industry, and to develop
people-centric solutions to the climate crisis.
For more information, visit their website: 350.Org