May 07, 2012
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Activists hold a banner in front of a damaged coral reef in the vulnerable Marshall islands. Rising temperatures and increased CO2 uptake are raising the acidity of the ocean, which bleaches and ultimately may kill fragile coral reefs. Photo courtesy of: 350.org.
On Saturday, people around the world gathered to highlight the varied impacts of climate change on their lives. Organized by 350.org, the global day of action was a call to "connect the dots" between a warming Earth and extreme weather events, such as droughts, floods, and fires among other impacts. Nearly 1,000 events were held worldwide.
Paghman Valley, Afghanistan. A group of young people gathered where the Kabul river flows down from the Paghman Valley in an effort to show the how low the water table is. Afghanistan faces considerable drought and water shortage as a result of climate change. Photo courtesy of: 350.org.
The largest wildfire in New Mexico state history is connected to climate change. That’s the message from a group of firefighters who gathered in the still charred Santa Fe Forest. Photo courtesy of: 350.org.
Women hold a dot outside of the temporary structure that they have been living in since the devastating 2010 floods destroyed their home. Photo courtesy of: 350.org.
Activists in Western Australia connect the dots between extreme weather and climate change's root cause: the burning of fossil fuels. Unconventional gas fracking is commencing in their region and putting scarce groundwater resources under immense strain. Photo courtesy of: 350.org.
In British Colombia a group of concerned residents, along with scientists, blocked four trains of Wyoming coal bound for Asia. Thirteen were arrested. Photo courtesy of: 350.org.