Maybe Douglas Adams got it wrong when he said the answer to the "ultimate question of life, the Universe, and everything" was 42 in his in famous series, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." The real answer? 350.
Why 350? Well, 350 is what most leading scientists say is the upper limit for how much carbon dioxide we can have in our atmosphere. The measure is in parts per million, or PPM. The world, as of right now, currently stands at 388.15 PPM of CO2 in the atmosphere. Yes, if you're thinking that number is a little high, and way above 350, you are right.
Do not panic, though — there are efforts as we speak (or in my case, write) that are ongoing to get that number down. Conveniently, there is an organization called 350.org that has amassed research on the topic (sources include NASA
, the UN
and the IPCC
) and has come up with innovative ideas to help reduce our CO2 emissions.
Interested in helping out? You're in luck. The next big 350.org event is happening on 10/10/10 (catchy, huh?).
There are numerous events going on. Maybe even right around your corner? Or maybe there isn't one near you. You can put on a 10/10/10 event yourself. 350.org would more than gladly help you set one up.
If you're in the Greater Seattle area, there are currently 24 registered events. (If you read into things like I do, you'll notice that 24 is 42 backwards! Coincidence? I think not.)
To learn about the 10/10/10 event, or to find one or plan one, click here
The 10/10/10 350.org events around the world are but a small fraction of what we can do. We should keep 350 in our minds year round and be conscious of the choices we make in our daily lives and the effects they have on our world.
The Earth might be a small section of the universe but it's our little corner of it. We might not know the "ultimate question of life, the Universe, and everything" but until then we should do our best to preserve our planet and all life on it.