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Address climate change: social organisations write to newly-elected MLAs

On the occasion of International Day of Climate Action on October 24,city-based organisations Association for Leadership Education Research and Training...

On the occasion of International Day of Climate Action on October 24,city-based organisations Association for Leadership Education Research and Training (ALERT),MCCIA,Youth2Youth and Modern College of Computer and Business studies sent letters to the newly elected members of legislative assembly to address the issue of climate change at state level.

As part of a function on Saturday,around 300 volunteers of these organisations came together to form a human chain depicting the number ‘350’ – the number leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon emissions measured in parts per million in our atmosphere. “Although current levels are at 390,if we put high enough price on carbon that we stop using so much,while also ensuring poor countries a fair chance to develop,we will be able to reverse course,develop a clean energy economy and prevent serious,long-term damage,” said Ameya Jagtap,founder of Youth2Youth. Advocate Vandana Chavan,director,ALERT,and former Mayor of Pune delivered a presentation on climate change.

The function was part of http://www.350.org,an international campaign to tackle climate change. This December,world leaders will meet in Copenhagen,Denmark to craft a new global treaty on cutting emissions. According to 350.org, the treaty currently on the table doesn’t pass the 350 test. to unite the public,media,and our political leaders in this regard,the public can send a clear message to world leaders -the solutions must be equitable,grounded in science,and they must meet the scale of the crisis.

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First published on: 26-10-2009 at 06:20 IST
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