Thursday, October 1, 2009

Knitty Gritty and Loopy for 350. is a great organization started by Bill McKibben. For the last 600,00 years, there have been about 280 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but since the industrial revolution, we have been polluting the atmosphere, and it is now about 390 parts per million.

We are on track to be at 450 ppm, which would mean a temperature rise of at least 2 degrees, which basically wipes out The Great Barrier Reef amongst many other things, and who knows what else will happen to the planet? We could only imagine (or try not to!)

350 parts per million is the number that top scientists, such as NASA's Jim Hansen recommend would keep the planet living safely.

On October 24th, there are worldwide events being organized to highlight and inform people about 350, so we can all act to reduce emissions before the numbers get too high.

As a group of friends, we have started up an arting/crafting group called Knitty Gritty and Loopy, and for the 350 project, we are making 350 baskets from plastic bags. Knitting, crocheting, weaving, fusing. We would love you to join us if you can. Have a look and please join up at our Facebook group to see how to make 'plarn' - plastic yarn from the bags, and other crafting, reusing, recycling, reinventing and repurposing ideas.

At the moment, the Australian government has basically committed to killing off the Great Barrier Reef, with targets of 450 ppm. Surely we can do better than this!

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