Nepali to take climate message to US


As a part of the call for action on climate change, Pemba Dorje Sherpa, record holder for the fastest ascent of Mount Everest plans to meet US President Barack Obama next week and deliver his message on the crucial number 350, which denotes the safe upper limit of Carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.

Earlier this month, Sherpa took the banner--"350-Save Our Himalayas''--to the Everest Base Camp and handed it over to an expedition heading for the summit.

He is leaving for the US on November 7, where he plans to meet Obama with help from 'Friends of the Earth', a US-based organisation working on climate change. "I am positive I will get to meet Obama as it is not a personal message I want to deliver. I want to convey a message about a global issue called climate change and urge him to act on it," Sherpa said.

Meanwhile, as part of a campaign against impacts of climate change, people living across the globe are joining hands for a global day of climate action and sending the message of 350 to all world leaders on October 24, 2009. Similarly, communities will gather at thousands of places around the world, from Taj Mahal in India to the Great Barrier Reef to draw attention to the need for a dramatic international agreement to reduce carbon emissions, on the same day.

For leading scientists, 350 is the safe upper limit of CO2 content in the atmosphere, measured in parts per million (ppm). The current CO2 level in our atmosphere, which stands at 390 ppm, poses a threat to the Himalayas and the livelihood of all in Nepal.

At present, leaders from more than 150 countries are involved in a growing movement to set 350 ppm as the benchmark for international action on climate change.

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