On Saturday, October 24th, Mamaroneck’s 350 rally was one of 5200 actions which took place in 181 countries across the globe to demand a strong climate change treaty from the United Nations Climate Change negotiators, who meet in Copenhagen in early December. The group promoting the event, 350.org, called the rallies the most widespread political action in human history. Photos of demonstrators by the Pyramids, underwater, and at Antarctica were displayed on giant screens in Times Square.
In the Village of Mamaroneck, where it rained all afternoon, people heard speeches by U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Village of Mamaroneck Mayor Kathy Savolt, and others. Parents and children made a giant 350 in the sand with bucket sandcastles and hung paintings and articles on a climate change clothes line inside the recreation building. Cupcakes provided by the MHS Eco club were decorated with the number 350.
The number 350 refers to parts of carbon dioxide per million in air that scientists consider the safe upper limit for the planet. We are now at 389. Almost all climate scientists believe that human activity is contributing to the increase in global temperatures and that steps must be taken to cut back on carbon emissions humans produce.