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    Thumbs up May 5, Connect the Dots Day with 350.org

    Dear friends,

    Earlier today, Barack Obama wrapped up his first trip to Oklahoma as President. He arrived just after a week of floods, capping off a winter that never came, which followed the hottest and driest summer Oklahoma had seen in thousands of years, perhaps ever.

    But he wasnít in Oklahoma to talk about these climate disasters. He was there to laud his administrationís fast-tracking of the southern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. In his speech today, President Obama didn't connect the dots between fossil fuel extraction, climate change, and the extreme weather that has reshaped so much of the American landscape this past year.

    Itís a painful reminder that sometimes we must be leaders ourselves, before we can expect our elected officials to follow. Itís clearly up to us to connect the dots.

    Today 350.org is launching a global day of action to call attention to these and other climate disasters, here on the same day as the Presidentís announcement. Across the planet now we see ever more flooding, ever more drought, ever more storms. People are dying, communities are being wrecked -- the impacts weíre already witnessing from climate change are unlike anything we have seen before.

    If we're going to do these communities justice, we need to connect the dots between these disasters and show how all of them are linked to fossil fuels. We're setting aside May 5th for a global day of action to do just that: Connect the Dots between extreme weather and climate change.

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    Here is how it went:
    Dear Friends,

    This is a thank you note, a thank you note to the whole planet.

    Except for the hours when I went out to the events nearest my home in Vermont, I’ve been by the computer, transfixed by the images streaming in.

    From every corner of the earth people have been doing their best to Connect the Dots on climate change. And their best has been pretty amazing — we have photos from beneath the ocean waves and from high-altitude glaciers, from the middle of big cities fighting sea level rise and remote deserts battling drought.

    Here's one of the most vivid photos of the bunch -- just a taste of what it feels like to have the water rising around you, and the tip of the iceberg of the creative masterworks of the past 24 hours:

    Click here to see the amazing photos from the day: Connect the Dots

    We’re going to need you soon to fight the political battles that will make use of these images, but for the next day or two just relax, and enjoy the feeling of solidarity that comes from knowing there are millions of people thinking the same way, harboring the same fears and, more importantly, the same hopes.

    On we go together.

    With such gratitude,

    Bill McKibben

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    Here is a video of the event in numerous places around the world;
    350 | Watch the Whole World Connect the Dots

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