Global warming – do the maths

Climate change activist and writer Bill McKibben will urge Victorians to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis on Friday 7 June at a forum supported by La Trobe University’s Ideas and Society Program.

Do The Maths tourIn a Q and A session with Professor Robert Manne, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at La Trobe University, Mr McKibben will explain the maths behind global warming as a way of demonstrating that something has to give in what is currently happening around the world.

'We can emit 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below two degrees of warming – anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth,' he says.

The catch is, however, that burning the fossil fuel that corporations now have in their results would result in emitting 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide – five times the safe amount.

'And they are planning to burn it – unless we stop them.'

Bill McKibben, named 'the planet’s best green journalist' by Time Magazine is founder of the grassroots climate campaign which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009.

In November 2012, following publication of his Rolling Stone article, 'Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math', Bill McKibben and hit the road in the USA to build a movement strong enough to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis.

He is now in Australia on a global tour which then goes to New Zealand and Fiji.

This special Ideas and Society seminar will be introduced by Adam Bandt MP, Member for Melbourne.

The event will be at The Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne at 6pm.

Purchase tickets through Ticketek. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #DoTheMaths.

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