What does the number 350 means to you? Do you think that 350 is just a mere number? And do you want to ask me back that why we must work for number 350? If you are environmental activist or you aware the environmental issues, you’ll definitely know what 350 means.
When talking about the climate change, Green House Gas including carbon dioxide plays in the critical role. When we look back to the history, carbon dioxide ration in the atmosphere has been increased since the beginning of the industrial revolution. The level of carbon dioxide during pre-industrial time was around 280 ppm (Parts per million) and the world had very moderate climate. Now the carbon dioxide level reach 388.5 ppm that is a very dangerous number for the whole world harming it with many kinds of disaster around. That’s why I asked you working for 350.
So what is 350?
350 is the most important number in the world—it’s what scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Three years ago, after leading climatologists observed rapid ice melt in the Arctic and other frightening signs of climate change, they issued a series of studies showing that the planet faced both human and natural disaster if atmospheric concentrations of CO2 remained above 350 parts per million.
Everyone from Al Gore to the U.N.’s top climate scientist has now embraced this goal as necessary for stabilizing the planet and preventing complete disaster. Now the trick is getting our leaders to pay attention and craft policies that will put the world on track to get to 350.
Oh! I’m talking too much. In this year, many countries around the world are participating 350 campaigns on 10 Oct 2010 (10.10.10) with the purpose of reducing the CO2 level to 350. According to the registration at 350.0rg, there are 188 countries campaigning over 7,000 events for climate justices. I also worked on that day by planting 350 trees.
I believe that trees are the best thing that can reduce the carbon dioxide as it inhale CO2 for its survival. So, I decided to plant trees on 10.10.10. So, together with members from our organization, Myanmar Youths in Action, I joined Symbolic 350 Trees Planting Party mainly organized by Spectrum (Sustainable Development Group), WRTC, Emerald Green, Global Green and AGMP (Action Group of Myanmar Poet). My special thanks goes to all organizers that allow us to join that event. If not, I’m not sure that MYIA alone could plant that number of trees.
Early in the morning on that day, we left to Lay Dount Kan where our planted area Shwe Bon Oo monastery is located. There were around 100 participants including young and adult environmental activists. Emerald Green donated 350 plants of 14 species for our event. I feel so happy seeing such a great number of participants for 350 campaign. I’m sure that the other environmental activist would definitely worked for 350 on the same day around Myanmar. Yes! Myanmar is also a active country working for environmental protection.
Venerable Sayadaw (Head Monk) from Shwe Bon Oo monastery is kindhearted, virtue, generous and provided us everything we needed. Sayadaw also served us lunch and snacks and said thanks to us for plaiting in his monastery compound. Environmentalist, Sayama Devi Thant Sin, shared their valuable knowledge and encouraged young people to actively participate in saving our earth. Famous Myanmar poet Maung Lynn Yeik from AGMP (Action Group of Myanmar Poet) also recited a verse of Salae U Pon Nya to honor the tree planting event. The verse is what we call Taw – Lar (composition of the beauty and advantage of forests) in Myanmar Literature.
Lay-men from the monastery helped us in digging the hole for planting. I could also see that Unity is Strength, team work can get successful results. See, within one day, we could plant all 350 plants.
C’mon guys, let’s work together to save our earth.
Let’s work together to reduce the carbon dioxide level to 350.