From Bill McKibben – 350.org – May 12, 2013
The news came Friday afternoon, towards the end of a long week: On May 9th, for the first time ever, the carbon dioxide counter on the side of Mauna Loa, the most important scientific instrument on earth, recorded a daily average of above 400 parts per million. It’s a grim landmark — it’s been several million years since CO2 reached these levels in the atmosphere.
Together we’ve been building a movement to stand up to the fossil fuel money, and it’s beginning to pay off — just an hour after the news from Mauna Loa, we got word that the trustees of a fifth U.S. college had voted to divest their fossil fuel stocks, hard on the heels of 11 cities who’d done likewise the week before. But there’s no happy-talking the fact that for now we’re losing: the carbon in the air keeps rising, and with it the temperature, and the devastation.
We’ve got to build the movement bigger yet . . .
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