Organizers of the 350 Day of Climate Action are calling the over 5,000 rallies and protests in 181 countries "clearly the most widespread day of political action in the planet's history." 350 is the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, measured in parts per million, that some leading scientists say represents a safe level for life as we know it on Earth. "Parts per million CO2 sounds too obscure an idea to attract crowds on six continents, but there were thousands of people in the streets from Togo and Ethiopia and Paraguay to Seattle and London and Sydney," said 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben.
Here, 350 supporters rally beneath the famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, California.
Kunar Province, Afghanistan
The photo was taken in the remote Korengal Outpost in the Korengal Valley, Kunar Province, eastern Afghanistan. All the men are part of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division based out of Fort Carson, Colorado. The vehicles in the background are no longer in use as the soldiers here walk everywhere when they go on key leader engagement with the local villages elders.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Poppy (11) and Jarrah (9) snorkel with a 350 sign at the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Bungee jump toward 350 from a retired coal plant in in Johannesburg South Africa.
"People in almost all the nations of the earth are involved," said 350 honorary spokesman Desmond Tutu, the South African Anglican archbishop and Nobel Laureate. "It's the same kind of coalition that helped make the word 'apartheid' known around the world."
As another typhoon bears down on the Philippines, students at Cebu made a giant 350 to call for action on climate change.
"Going Green at the Bean."
"The Bean" sculpture at Millennium Park.
The Pyramids, Giza, Egypt
The Cairo Cycling Club biked out to the pyramids to take a 350 photo.
Clovelly Lantern Walkers creating '350' in light.
"In some sense, the global warming movement finally went global yesterday," said 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben. "And there wasn't a rock star or movie actor in sight it was ordinary people rallying around a scientific data point to send the message that our leaders actually need to lead."
Israel, Palestine, Jordan
A 3, 5 and 0 on the Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian shores of the Dead Sea, highlighting the importance of coming across political boundaries to solve a common crisis.