LINCROFT, NJ - A spokeswoman for the environmental group 350.org will discuss the organization’s battle to lower fossil fuel emissions and control worldwide climate change at 6 pm, Oct. 26 at Brookdale Community College , Lincroft.
The meeting will be held in the SLC Twin Lights Rooms 1 and 2 in BCC’s Warner Student Life Center. It is one of a series of environmental talks billed by BCC as “Science Monday.” Open to the public, the meeting includes the BCC Environmental Club and other students, and the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Sierra Group.
The 350.org spokeswoman, Rosemary Carey, will discuss the organization’s plans to expand its “presence” in NJ to combat climate change and other environmental disasters. The name – 350.org – comes from “350 ppm” (parts per million) of carbon dioxide molecules in the atmosphere, which many scientists and climate experts agree is the “safe” level of carbon dioxide. Today, we’re at 400 ppm, and adding 2 ppm of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere every year.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Control has concluded that “Human influence on the climate system is clear,” and that “ It is extremely likely (95-100% probability) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intergovernmental_Panel_on_Climate_Change - cite_note-68 that human influence was the dominant cause of global warming between 1951-2010.” However, many politicians have been slow to agree due to strong opposition from individuals and corporations that profit from the development or use of fossil fuels.
In response, 350.org was founded in 2008 by a group of university professors, along with author Bill McKibben, who wrote one of the first books on global warming for the general public. Today, 350.org works in almost every country in the world on campaigns such as fighting coal power plants in India, stopping the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S, and encouraging public institutions not to invest in fossil fuels.
To get to the Oct. 26 meeting at Brookdale’s Lincroft campus, take Parkway Exit 109 to Route 520 West (Newman Springs Road, which becomes E. Main Street at the Lincroft campus). Take the traffic circle into the campus and follow the signs to the Warner Student Life Center (SLC) and parking lot 7, where the meeting will be in the SLC Twin Lights Rooms 1 and 2. Use parking lot 7. As you walk eastward towards the building complex, Warner will be on your left. If lot 7 is full, use parking lots 5 or 6. A campus map is at http://www.brookdalecc.edu/PDFFiles/MAPS/MAP_04_08.pdf .