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SLIDESHOW: Valley bells ring 350 times for climate justice

Bells rang at Fall City and Snoqualmie United Methodist Churches on Sunday, Dec. 13, but not for the holidays.

Ringing their steeple bells 350 times, both churches joined in on a movement to make some noise for climate justice.

On that day, world leaders met in Copenhagen, Denmark, to craft a new global treaty on cutting carbon dioxide emissions. Some climate change advocates, however, say the treaty does not do enough to halt global warming.

The 350 rings are part of a global movement by 360.org, a campaign to unite and find solutions to the climate crisis. United Methodist Sunday school teacher and author Bill McKibben founded the 350.org movement, starting a campaign to get leaders to pay attention to science.

According to 350.org, 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide is the maximum level of concentration in the atmosphere that NASA scientist deem safe for human life. Until 200 years ago, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 275. Today, it is almost 390.

Pastor Lee Carney Hartman of Fall City United Methodist Church, and Phil Harrington, pastor of Snoqualmie Valley United Methodist Church, got involved.

“It’s an opportunity to join in, and consider what our daily practices are and how to change them for the good of humankind,” Hartman said.

At Fall City United Methodist Church, it took about 15 minutes to ring the bell 350 times.

Joining with churches all around the world, candle-light vigils were accompanied bells, set to ring at 3 p.m. Sunday, causing a wave affect around the world in every time zone.

“It’s intriguing to me to see that a very old technology is being called upon for a very modern problem,” Harrington said.

Learn about the campaign at www.350.org.

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