Guest Post by NoImpactman – Help Him Bring 350 To National Attention!

Sharon May 24th, 2008

Colin Beavan is a friend of mine, and he’s got a great project on, trying to get Congress to officially recognize the the 350 ppm goal.  Please, please, please support him (and he’s giving away cool free stuff too).  Send an email.  Pass it along!  This is excellent, excellent work!!!!! -Sharon

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I really, really need support from all of you today (and I’m unashamedly bribing you with the offer of free Reverend Billy DVDs). But first I have to give you some background. Just read the bits in bold if you’re in hurry.

Next Friday, May 30, Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York’s Eight Congressional District has kindly agreed to meet with me in his New York office. As one of his constituents, I intend to ask Representative Nadler to support an effective global warming mitigation policy that is based not on what is politically possible but on what is scientifically necessary.

More specifically, I intend to ask him to:

  • Introduce, as soon as possible, a non-binding resolution to the House of Representatives asserting that we need a climate change mitigation policy with a goal of no more than 350 ppm of atmospheric carbon dioxide (read why here). Furthermore, the resolution should say that the United States must collaborate with the international community to achieve an effective successor to the Kyoto Protocol that will achieve the 350 goal or better (depending on how the science progresses).
  • Pledge to support the 1sky.org policy platform that also includes creating five million green jobs (through, for example, weatherizing our buildings and manufacturing solar panels and windmills), and placing a moratorium on the building of new coal power plants.
  • Pass on to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter addressed jointly to her and Representative Nadler, in his position as Assistant Whip, asking them both to push for the introduction of new and the strengthening of currently pending climate change legislation to reflect the crucial 350 goal. This means, at the very least, aiming for an 80% reduction in climate emissions below 1990 levels by 2050 and a 25% reduction by 2020.

Now then, here’s how I was hoping you could help. My dream is to present Representative Nadler and Speaker Pelosi with between 350 and 3,500 (10 x 350) emails of support for these policy objectives.

Can you help? All it requires is a cut and paste job (see below).

Fellow bloggers: would you be willing to pass this request onto your readers?

Everyone: would you email this around and get your friends to pitch in?

Two bits of good news:

  1. Representative Nadler has been an ardent supporter of environmental issues ranging from the thorough cleanup of the World Trade Center site to securing federal funding for state conservation and wildlife grants. He received a score of 95% for his voting record in the 1st session of the 110th Congress from the League of Conservation Voters.
  2. Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping have provided me with five copies of their new DVD, What Would Jesus Buy (watch the trailer here). I’m going to give the DVDs to people who send in their emails of support (the 1st, the 35th, 100th, the 350th and the 1000th).

Here’s how to send in your email of support:

Simply cut and paste the below, making sure to substitute in your name, mailing address and email address, and send it to [email protected] (it looks like a weird email address but, don’t worry, it will work).

Dear Representative Nadler and Speaker Pelosi–

Thank you for your hard work on behalf of the people of the United States. It is indisputable that the health, happiness and security of the American people depends upon the well-being of our planetary habitat. It is also indisputable that the anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases is causing changes in our habitat that will adversely effect Americans on every level–from our health to our economy.

On May 30, Colin Beavan aka No Impact Man will visit Representative Nadler to express to him support for a number of climate change mitigation policies that are much stronger than those currently passing through Congress. Please consider this a letter of support for the measures Colin Beavan will be advocating.

Specifically, I support Colin Beavan in requesting that Representative Nadler and Speaker Pelosi both, together or separately:

  • Introduce, as soon as possible, a non-binding resolution to the House of Representatives asserting that we need a climate change mitigation policy that accords not with what is politically possible but what is scientifically necessary–a goal of no more than 350 ppm of atmospheric carbon dioxide (read why here). Furthermore, this resolution should assert that the United States must collaborate with the international community to achieve an effective successor to the Kyoto Protocol that will achieve the 350 goal or better (depending on how the science progresses).
  • Pledge to support the 1sky.org policy platform that also includes creating five million green jobs (through, for example, weatherizing our buildings and manufacturing solar panels and windmills) and placing a moratorium on the building of new coal power plants.
  • Push for the introduction of new and the strengthening of currently pending climate change legislation to reflect the crucial 350 goal. This means, at the very least, aiming for an 80% reduction in climate emissions below 1990 levels by 2050 and a 25% reduction by 2020.

Yours sincerely,

<Your Name>
<Your Mailing Address>
<Your Email Address>

9 Responses to “Guest Post by NoImpactman – Help Him Bring 350 To National Attention!”

  1. Lauren says:

    Done. Hope it helps.

  2. Phil says:

    Done and done. Thanks for advocating for everyone.

  3. Sylvia says:

    Two quick questions:

    - Should we put anything specific in the subject line, or does it not matter?

    - When you copy and past that text, the hyperlinks don’t get copied in hyperlink language (or maybe I’m doing it wrong), so they won’t be links in the body of the e-mail. Does that matter?

  4. Grandma Misi says:

    Copy, paste, and e-mail done! Thanks Colin for all your hard work… and I love your blog!
    Grandma Misi

  5. Grandma Misi says:

    Oops, the e-mail I sent came back as a “fatal error” with the e-mail address not being recognized. I realized that the “m” on “.com” was dropped…
    I don’t know if anyone else will have this problem, if it’s due to my screen size or something, but the box on Sharon’s blog with the archive info covers over the “m” and so when I quickly copied and pasted I didn’t notice this missing letter.
    Just a heads up to watch for this!
    Grandma Misi

  6. Pratimoksha says:

    The link to the explantion of why CO2ppm should be brought down to 350 seems to be wrong. From what I can tell, it should be http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/2008/05/350-the-number.html.

  7. Adam (redtitan23) says:

    Just sent it off and it seems to have gone through :)

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