I find it reassuring, as a recent addition to the population of Western North Carolina, that so many individuals from the region are so passionate about preserving the environment. As a recent graduate of an environmental law and policy program in Vermont, I feel that, already, I fit in among friends and advocates working to preserve the beautiful, unique surroundings of Western North Carolina. Because there are already a great number of local supporters, I think now is an ideal time to work together to create a strong voice to enhance the quality of the global environment.
As world leaders are coming together in Copenhagen this December to negotiate a plan to combat climate change, it is imperative that concerned communities gather together to show support of a strong climate-change policy. Propelled by the latest scientific evidence, many of the world's leading climate scientists have now revised the highest safe level of CO2 to 350 parts per million. Current plans for the treaty are much too weak to reduce our emissions to that amount, so global community involvement to support the "350 Action" is necessary to demonstrate the concern we have for our planet.
On Oct. 24, join your family, neighbors and coworkers at a gathering, 2-4 p.m., at the new park in front of Asheville City Hall to show our community's support for a healthy planet and an environmentally responsible future. The Asheville 350 gathering will be part of the International Day of Climate Action, one of 2,000 gatherings in over 150 countries to demand of our worldwide leaders a climate treaty that sets us on a rapid course to 350 ppm. The local day of action includes children's activities as well as opportunities to voice your personal environmental concerns/pledges. See asheville350.org for more information.
— Elizabeth Jayne Henderson