Sunday, August 23, 2009

About the quilt project

The 350 Reasons Quilt is a community art project created to raise awareness about keeping our atmosphere here on Earth safe for the life we love.

Last year, the world's leading climate scientists determined that the maximum carbon dioxide levels Earth's atmosphere can hold without causing huge changes in the climate and ecosystems of our planet is 350 parts per million. These are the words of James Hansen of NASA:

"If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 385 ppm to at most 350 ppm." (Target Atmospheric CO2: Where Should Humanity Aim?, 2008)

Right now, Earth's atmosphere contains 390 parts per million, and we are just beginning to really see the effects of this overload in unusual seasons, huge storms, the melting of the polar ice, etc....

This December in Copenhagen our world's leaders are meeting to reach an agreement on dealing with the global climate crisis together. International cooperation and large scale legislation is the most important thing we can work toward to get carbon back down below 350. The 350 Reasons Quilt is part of a global day of action to raise awareness about the number 350, the most important number on Earth, and to create support for this limit throughout the human community. On October 24th, 2009, there will be actions all over the world (in 100 countries and counting) to move 350 into the our collective awareness (check out for tons of information). We're going to be sewing together and displaying the quilt that day in San Francisco at a location that we're still determining. Please come!

Each panel of the quilt is a tribute to something that the person who made it loves about life on Earth. All sewn together, the quilt will represent 350 reasons we dedicate ourselves to keeping Earth's atmosphere below 350.

Please participate! You can participate in this project by:
-coming to sew the quilt together
-spreading the word about 350,, or the quilt
-making a panel of something you love about life (It's EASY- check out the post How to Make a Square for more details.)
-creating and registering your own action for October 24th (check out

As the panels are completed and sewn together, we'll be posting them on this site with any explanation/description/caption or dedication the panel's maker includes.

Spread the word!

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