CAW Council Throws Support Behind 350.org, Global Climate Campaign

April 10, 2010, 1:33 PM EST


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On April 10, CAW Council delegates threw their full support behind a resolution calling on the national union to participate in the campaign efforts of 350.org - an international campaign aimed at building a global movement to tackle the climate crisis and that demands global leaders work to return atmospheric greenhouse gas levels to 350 ppm.

350 ppm is the number that leading climate scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide emissions, measured in "parts per million" in our atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is a major contributor to global warming and climate change.

"This resolution gives our union another tool and another opportunity to move an aggressive environmental agenda forward, through each of our workplace committees," said Ken Bondy, CAW National Health and Safety Coordinator.

As global greenhouse gas emissions have grown consistently over the past century, it is believed current carbon emissions have already hit 387 ppm and growing. 

"We are heading toward a catastrophic scenario that will be too late to avoid if we do not act soon," said Nick Decarlo, CAW Health, Safety and Environment staff representative.

350.org, which began in 2007, has gained international attention for its unique and creative campaign efforts to raise awareness of climate change that has included mass rallies, aerial photos at iconic global landmarks, skiers descending a melting glacier and protests held underwater.

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