350.org

By Alexia Springer

Oil and Honey by Bill McKibben has taught me many things and sparked my interest in many more. His detailed descriptions of apiaries and interesting facts about honey bees cause dreams of having honey bees in my own yard. Along with honey he talks about climate, the fossil fuel industry and the global climate movement 350.org. If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favor and pick it up!

Tar on Mandalay Beach in Oxnard, California
Tar on Mandalay Beach in Oxnard, California

While reading the book, I stayed at a place on Mandalay Beach in California. I know a little about oil spills, but have never been in personal contact with one before. From the beach we could see three off shore drilling rigs. The hotel features a sign that asks you to please wash the tar off your feet before going in from the beach. I found an old article by Kit Stolz about the tar on feet around the Ventura area.

The Climate Ride, Oil and Honey, and tar on California beaches are all connected. I am so happy that 350.org is one of the amazing beneficiaries of the Ride in September. Green transportation is one way we can help reduce our carbon emissions!

Current featured campaigns for 350.org include People’s Climate March NYC,  Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, Divest from Fossil Fuels and Global Power Shift. I am amazed at 350.org’s ability to organize mass amounts of people for movements all over the country. Connect the Dots is one such event that connected extreme weather and climate change around the world. Pictures from Brazil, Afghanistan, Egypt, Kenya, New Zealand, Canada, Haiti and all over the US. Israel, South Africa, India, Sweden, Russia, Pakistan and so many more countries with people of all ages in pictures holding signs outlining what the extreme weather is doing in their community. The pages and pages of pictures are stunning.

In Tando Allah Yar in southern Pakistan, a family's house was badly damaged and the roof collapsed in the devastating floods of 2011. Credit: International Organization for Migration Pakistan
In Tando Allah Yar in southern Pakistan, a family’s house was badly damaged and the roof collapsed in the devastating floods of 2011.
Credit: International Organization for Migration Pakistan
Dana Glacier in the Sierra Nevada mountain range has retreated dramatically over the past hundred years. 350 activists and friends brought a huge banner to the glacier on Climate Impacts Day to underscore that it is, indeed, melting.  Photo credit: 350.org/David Gilbert
Dana Glacier in the Sierra Nevada mountain range has retreated dramatically over the past hundred years. 350 activists and friends brought a huge banner to the glacier on Climate Impacts Day to underscore that it is, indeed, melting.
Photo credit: 350.org/David Gilbert
Activists hold a banner in front of a damaged coral reef in the vulnerable Marshall islands. Rising temperatures and increased CO2 uptake are raising the acidity of the ocean, which bleaches and ultimately kills fragile coral reefs.
Activists hold a banner in front of a damaged coral reef in the vulnerable Marshall islands. Rising temperatures and increased CO2 uptake are raising the acidity of the ocean, which bleaches and ultimately kills fragile coral reefs.
Where has the water gone? What are we leaving for our children? Photo credit: Sven Johnston
Where has the water gone? What are we leaving for our children?
Photo credit: Sven Johnston
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