Issue # 14 of 350 Pittsburgh's biweekly digest
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In this issue of Climate Action News ...
  • Hitting 400 ppm
  • Merton Center Banquet - Berrigan
  • Obama on Climate Change
  • News & Upcoming Events

Hitting 400: We Knew It Was Coming ...

... and now here it is: This March, global levels of CO2 passed 400 parts per million. Although short-term local measurements of 400 ppm have been recorded previously, this marks the first time since record keeping began that CO2 levels were above 400 ppm globally for a month.
The safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is 350 parts per million. The only way to get there is to immediately transition the global economy away from fossil fuels and into renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable farming practices.

Taken from the web page devoted to 400 CO2. On that page,scroll down to see the animation. Above photo from

Monday with Frida - The Thomas Merton Center Banquet

The annual Thomas Merton Center banquet is on Monday, Nov 14 at Station Square (6:00 pm). The speaker is Frida Berrigan, this year's Merton Award honoree. She's a columnist for the Waging Nonviolence news site and author of It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing Into Rebellious Motherhood. There will also be a raffle and a silence auction.

This is TMC's big annual fund-raiser. Please help 350 Pittsburgh support TMC. (We can have our own table if there are ten of us.) TMC is our fiscal sponsor and a vital part of social justice in Pittsburgh.

To get your tickets, use Eventbrite or send a check to TMC. Please make the notation "350-ecojustice" so we'll know you're part of the 350 gang. Also, please shoot us an email at telling us you're ordering your ticket.

The Quieter War: Obama on Climate Change

President Barack Obama calls climate change “the greatest long-term threat facing the world,” and we can see evidence now in unprecedented drought, heavy storms, heat waves and flooding. For all that, Obama has been unable to forge a consensus among lawmakers on how to halt and reverse climate change, even among his own party.  Read the New York Times story Obama on Climate Change: The Trends are ‘Terrifying.’

Upcoming Events

Oct 27: Silent Transformations. How can we turn to ecological truths fearlessly, without becoming overwhelmed? Can we be genuine, honest, and brave, and still have a sense of humor? Join us at the Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center for the first event in a series focused on engagement with ecology. Through secular mindfulness meditation, resiliency training, contemplative inquiry, and collective dialogue we will enhance our understanding of the issues at hand, explore their impacts, and discern together what constitutes skillful and wise response.

Everyone is welcome! This is the first in a series of sessions that will generally be held the final Thursday of the month, October-May. The event is free, but donations are encouraged. 

7:00 - 9:00 pm, Shambhala Center in Highland Park at 733 N Highland (rear entrance). With Acharya Adam Lobel.

Nov 14: The Thomas Merton Center annual dinner, with 2016 award honoring Frida Berrigan. Monday, Nov 14. Station Square, 6:00 pm. Tickets $65. (See above.)

German Push to Ban Combustion-Engine Cars. A proposal to stop sales of new combustion-engine cars by 2030 has gained cross-party support in Germany’s Bundesrat.

Catholic Groups Divest from Fossil Fuels. Seven Catholic groups based in five continents have announced intentions to divest their financial interests from fossil fuels, the largest and broadest joint declaration to date within the church.

DiCaprio, Obama to Talk Climate Change. Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio met at the White House to discuss climate change with President Barack Obama before the screening of the actor’s new documentary Before the Flood, on the devastating effects of global warming.
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October 19, 2016
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