'Do the Math!' It has something to do with climate change
Sign up for carpool to see Bill McKibben Nov. 27
Hurricane Sandy brought surprising destruction to millions on our northeast coast, and it is an unmistakable sign of climate change. And it's mostly a simple question of doing the math.
"Scientists and activists in the climate movement are hardly surprised," according to Ryan Moody, a graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, who is working as an intern with Ann Arbor 350, a project of the Ecology Center. "In fact, earlier this year, Bill McKibben pointed out in an article in Rolling Stone that math has something to do with the increases in natural disasters we've been seeing around the planet over the past few years."
"It’s simple math: we can burn 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? Fossil fuel corporations now have 2,795 gigatons in their reserves, five times the safe amount. And they’re planning to burn it all — unless we rise up to stop them."
The tour began with a bang in Seattle earlier this month (see the photo above). "Who in their right mind would attend this event with the word 'math' in the title?" Moody said. "For starters, these 1,600 energized folks in a sold-out Seattle theater.
Now, McKibben and 350.org are hitting the road, bringing their 'Do the Math!' show to cities around the country, including Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
"Maybe the idea of doing the math doesn't sound exciting if you’re not a big fan of math, but it’s actually just about a few big numbers regarding climate change," Moody said.
Ann Arbor 350 is trying to help coordinate car pools if a group wants to travel from Ann Arbor for the program.
Tickets are available for $10 plus $2.65 in fees on Ticketmaster.
For more information about the "Do the Math!" tour, click here.
EcoLink — November 2012 An online publication of the Ecology Center