BOSTON (AP) — MIT students, faculty members and community leaders are planning to hold a vigil to mark what they say is an unwelcome milestone in humanity’s battle against climate change.
Organizers of Monday’s event at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say the vigil is meant to mark the final days that anyone now alive will ever again experience atmospheric carbon dioxide levels less than 400 parts per million.
The threshold of 350 parts per million of CO2 is considered by many scientists as the safe upper limit to avoid dangerous climate change.
The “Farewell 400” is part of a larger effort by students and activists to pressure MIT to divest its multi-billion dollar endowment from fossil fuels.
The university last month announced a five-year plan to combat climate change but said it would not divest.