Strength in numbers: More than 200 people stood together to form the number 350 on Oct. 24 at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville to take part in the International Day of Climate Change. Thousands of people around the world participated by doing the same thing — talking up the importance of action to reduce carbon emissions and getting a picture of themselves forming the critical number. Currently, carbon dioxide emissions are approaching 390 parts per million, but some scientists say that 350 ppm is the most CO2 that the atmosphere can handle before triggering major human and environmental disasters. The worldwide event was led by author Bill McKibben and the environmental organization he started, 350.org. The Western North Carolina Alliance, an environmental organization, sponsored the Asheville event. The gathering came six weeks before the scheduled U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, where world leaders plan to meet to create a new climate treaty.
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