INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CLIMATE ACTION…. Matt Cooper raises a good point.

There are protests all over the world today in support of reversing climate change. Sponsored by the organization 350, named after the parts per million of carbon dioxide. Scientists believe that’s the limit for heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We’re past that now and some scientists, as the New York Times notes today, think that’s probably too ambitious a goal. The whole idea began with Bill McKibben, the environmental writer. Will these protests get teabagger-style coverage? Probably not. A good fight over crowd estimates always helps and so does having a television network devoted to revving up your cause.

Quite right. The International Day of Climate Action, unlike “Tea Parties,” have a specific goal, coupled with a coherent, important message. The result is the most widespread day of environmental action — featuring 5,200 events in 181 countries — ever.

Given the severity of the climate crisis, and the scope of today’s global events, here’s hoping policymakers take note of the activists with worthwhile goals in need of attention and action.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.