Global Warming: Do the math

The Ideas & Society Program invites you to hear the USA's most important climate change writer and activist, Bill McKibben of .


Time and Date:

6pm - Friday June 7, 2013


The Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne

Introduced by Adam Bandt MP, Member for Melbourne.

Q&A led by Professor Robert Manne, Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, La Trobe University.

Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. Time Magazine called him 'the planet's best green journalist' and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was 'probably the country's most important environmentalist.'

Global warming's maths mean we need to build a massive movement. It's simple maths: we can emit 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 2°C of warming – anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Burning the fossil fuel that corporations now have in their reserves would result in emitting 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide – five times the safe amount. And they're planning to burn it all – unless we stop them. 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. The 'Do the Math' tour was a massive success, with sold out shows in every corner of the country.

Now the tour is going global – first to Australia, then to New Zealand, Fiji, and beyond!

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