Climate Change, You, and a Little Math – Has a Solution That is Easy to Understand

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The double punch that New York and New Jersey have endured first with Hurricane Sandy, and now with a nor’easter snow storm that is chilling people in their unheated homes underscores our dependence upon energy. Light switches and thermostats fail to respond, cars are useless without gas, we can’t keep milk fresh.  We are completely dependent upon energy but using it contributes to global warming and eventually triggers more of the storms that knock us out. It sounds like a double bind – we need energy, but if we use too much it will destroy us.
But this is where the number 350 enters the equation and some simple math shows the way to a solution; 350 parts per million is the upper limit of carbon dioxide that scientists say the atmosphere can contain without increasing global warming.  The present number is 392, and a little bit of arithmetic shows that we need to bring down the carbon dioxide level by 42 parts per million.
As a comparison, if you had a heart attack or became diabetic and  had to lose 42 pounds to regain your health, you would cut back on what you consumed and increase your fitness.  You would have a number to work with and could set a goal – and having a number to work towards turns frightening problems into challenges that can be met.

According to, the logical solution is to prevent powerful corporations from being able to make money by controlling the development of alternative energy sources – those companies have a huge financial stake in continuing to pump out fossilized carbon in the form of fuels.  Oil companies are not concerned about the long term viability of life on the planet, they are concerned about lining their pockets, and has scheduled a nationwide series of interactive events to share alternatives and empower change.

On November 7th, we’re hitting the road to jumpstart the next phase of the climate movement.
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.
This November, Bill McKibben and are hitting the road to build the movement that will change the terrifying math of the climate crisis. Join us

This won’t be your typical lecture.
Each event will be a unique and interactive experience, unlike any talk you’ve been to before. It will pick up where Bill McKibben’s landmark Rolling Stone article left off — and everyone who comes will be asked to join a growing movement that is strong enough to stand up to the fossil fuel industry. Together we’ll mount an unprecedented campaign to cut off the industry’s financial and political support by divesting our schools, churches and government from fossil fuels.
This won’t be easy: we’re up against the most profitable, powerful, and dangerous industry in history. But we have our own currency: creativity, courage and if needed, our bodies.

As he travels the country in a sustainable bus, Bill will be joined by a rotating cast of committed artists, actors, and musicians — each dedicated to spreading the message of the challenge before us. Every event will be a full evening of music, interactive video, and thought-provoking ideas. By the time you leave, you’ll be fired up and equipped with the tools, strategies, and resources you need to take on the fossil fuel industry.

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