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McKibben's 350.org brings 'Do the Math' tour to Portland

by: COURTESY OF 350.ORG - Bill McKibben of 350.org is touring the nation talking about the math of global climate change and its implications. The tour comes to Portland Nov. 8.One of the nation's lead environmentalists will be in town Nov. 8 to kickstart the next phase of the climate movement.

Bill McKibben, founder of the nonprofit 350.org, is making Portland the second stop of his 21-city, 26-day "Do the Math" tour.

Organizers hope the tour will spark a nationwide fossil fuel divestment movement at colleges and universities and inspire new protests against the industry.

Says McKibben: “ 'Do The Math' refers to the simple and terrifying new reality of the climate crisis: the fossil fuel industry currently has 2,795 gigatons of carbon in their reserves, five times more than the maximum 565 gigatons the world can emit and keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius, a goal agreed to by nearly every nation on earth, including the United States."

He goes further to charge that "the fossil fuel industry is now a rogue industry, willing to pour five times more carbon into the atmosphere than even the most conservative governments think is safe. They're outlaws against the laws of physics."

McKibben's grassroots activism group, 350.org, refers to a climate change target: "To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 392 parts per million to below 350 ppm, according to the group."

In 2007, 350.org ran a campaign called "Step It Up" that organized 2,000 rallies in all 50 United States.

They say their events — from skiers descending a melting glacier to divers hosting an underwater action — helped convince political leaders to adopt their call to action of cutting carbon 80 percent by 2050.

Since 2008, they took Step It Up to a global level, with their members making 5,200 "actions" in 181 countries on Oct. 24, 2009.

On Oct. 10, 2010, 350.org hosted a Global Work Party, with 7,000 climate solutions projects around the world.

Last year, the group focusing on the need to move beyond fossil fuels, and this year on May 5, Climate Impacts Day, they drew a connection between climate change and extreme weather.

McKibben's talks along his tour will feature a rotating cast of artists, actors and musicians.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu will appear via video to urge people to join a new movement based on the divestment effort that helped to end apartheid in South Africa.

The show will elaborate on McKibben’s June article in Rolling Stone, "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math," and will end on an inspirational note — that citizens still have a chance to solve the climate crisis if they take action now.

Shows including the Nov. 7 kickoff in Seattle have sold out, and more than 30 campus groups are running their own Do the Math campaigns.

McKibben's Portland talk is set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 S.W. Park Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free tickets to a live simulcast at Portland State University's Smith Ballroom can be obtained through this link: dothemathgeneralpublic.eventbrite.com/

For more information: math.350.org/