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Save Our Wild Salmon

On Saturday, October 24, people and organizations from around the world will take action aimed at bringing attention to the number 350. Scientists have insisted in recent years that 350 parts per million is the most carbon dioxide (CO2) the planet can safely have in the atmosphere. The current CO2 concentration is 390 parts per million. Pat Ford, Executive Director of the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition had this to say about the planned events...
"On Saturday, October 24, Save Our Wild Salmon will join more than 100 paddlesports and endangered species enthusiasts to form a giant floating "350" on the Willamette River in downtown Portland. Participants in this River of Action event will take to the river in kayaks, canoes and on standup paddleboards. The event — one of more than 4,000 rallies in more than 170 nations — is part of the International Day of Climate Action to urge world leaders to take fast and effective action on global warming.

"Current atmospheric levels of CO2 are damaging our planet, ourselves, our waters and our salmon. Actions by governments, in the United States and around the world, must match the actions of people so we can bring the earth's carbon level swiftly down.

"Our coalition, which represents millions of people across the nation and hundreds of businesses, is determined to chart both a non-carbon energy future and a future with abundant wild salmon in our rivers. We believe Obama administration policy should be equally determined to achieve both. Those in and out of government who say we must choose between abundant salmon in healthy rivers and clean affordable energy have been wrong for 30 years and are wrong today - technically, economically, and politically.

"We look forward to working with Obama administration leaders over the next 3 years to build a clean, affordable energy future, to restore abundant wild salmon, and to produce thousands of good jobs by doing both.

"We urge folks in Portland to join the River of Action event, and others out of Portland to find an equally exciting event in your local community. We need to come together today to show our elected leaders that we deserve, and demand, effective global warming policies. For our futures, for our children's futures, and for the species and the ecosystems that give us life, there is no other choice."
To find an action in your area, visit
To read more about how the salmon community is getting involved on Oct. 24, visit our blog!
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