Bill McKibben, hosted by Adam Bandt MP, is coming to Australia in 2013 because our country’s planned massive expansion of coal mining and export is one of a handful of projects in the world that would take the planet beyond the point of no return if they were to go ahead.
“Climate change is basically a big maths problem, involving the quantity of carbon we wish to burn and the capacity of the atmosphere to contain it. The question is, how much more can we burn before we’re in trouble?”
Bill McKibben is coming to Australia in 2013 because our country’s planned massive expansion of coal mining and export is one of a handful of projects in the world that would take the planet beyond the point of no return if they were to go ahead.
“The slightly-less-than-1-degree we’ve already raised the global average temperature allowed your ‘angry summer’, a wonderfully poetic description for the destruction of lives and livelihoods by fire and flood. If that’s what one degree of warming will do, it’s actually quite daring to find out what two degrees will bring, using ‘daring’ in the sense of ‘stupid’.”
Come and hear Bill’s clear-eyed view of the global warming maths and learn what you can do to subtract from the terrifying total.
Find out more about the Do the Maths Tour
June 07, 2013 at 6pm - 7:30pm
188 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Bill McKibben: award-winning author, educator and environmentalist
Bill McKibben is one of the world’s most respected and admired writers, speakers and activists on global warming.
Described by Time Magazine as 'the planet's best green journalist', Bill is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989 (regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change). His most recentl book, Eaarth¸ is described by NASA’s James Hansen as “blaz[ing] a path to help preserve nature’s greatest treasures.”
Bill holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges and, in 2011, was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In March this year, he was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ award for “exceptional accomplishment in any genre”.
A truly inspiring speaker and activist, in 2009 Bill co-founded the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries.
"Bill McKibben is the most effective environmental activist of our age. Anyone interested in making a difference to our world can learn from him."