Archive for October, 2009 – Inspiring

Monday, October 26th, 2009

I am now working part time with I’ve been helping send out emails in six different languages to people all over the world to help coordinate the International Day of Action. (The other day I made an error and forgot to email all the people in the former Soviet republics. Oops! I promise I won’t forget again!)

350 stands for 350 parts per million carbon dioxide, which is likely the safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Above this level, it is likely that the ice caps will melt. Here is a scientific paper arguing for this number, and a qualifying discussion on

Very few economists or policy makers believe that 350 ppm is possible. Concentrations of CO2 are almost at 390 ppm and they are climbing. Most policy makers think that keeping concentrations under 450 will require herculean efforts.

Perhaps that’s why I find the call to action so inspiring. People around the world are calling for an ambitious target. They aren’t saying “let’s do our best.” They’re saying “lets do what needs to be done.” They’re saying that we can do the nearly impossible. The question is, will we inspire our leaders to act?

Here are images of people around the world calling for an ambitious goal:

Climate Ride 2009

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Was a huge success.

Thank you for everyone who contributed. To see more from the event, visit Below is our flickr photostream.

For the final two days of the ride, I was in charge of escorting the Danish ambassador. He was riding with us because the COP 15 climate negotiations, which will be held in Denmark, were one of Climate Ride’s sponsors.

Friis turned out to be one of the stronger cyclists (it helped that Specialized lent him a $5,000 carbon fiber bicycle for the weekend), and a good guy to ride with, even if he looked eerily like my father. On the left is the two of us, in the middle is a group of us riding together, and on the right is a number of Climate Riders visiting the Danish Embassy in Washington.