Adding up the impact of fossil fuels on climate change

Film screening of Do the Math at Surrey Centre Library Surrey July 17.



The Village Surrey Transition Initiative presents a free public screening of “Do the Math” on Wednesday, July 17.

The screening takes place at the Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Dr., in the Dr. Ambedkar Room, fourth floor. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the screening starts at 6:30 p.m. The screening will be followed by a community dialogue on climate change and local opportunities to be part of the solution.

“Do the Math” is a movie by Bill McKibben and 350.org. For McKibben, the impetus for this movie was a series of reports that laid out the new math of the climate crisis.

To keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, a target the United States and nearly every other country on Earth has agreed to, scientists say the planet can emit roughly 500 more gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The fossil fuel industry, however, has over 2,700 gigatons of CO2 stored in their reserves – more than five times that much.

“What this math shows is that the fossil fuel industry is a rogue industry,” said McKibben. “You can have a healthy fossil-fuel balance sheet, or a relatively healthy planet – but now that we know the numbers, it looks like you can’t have both.”

This event is organized by the Village Surrey Transition Initiative and co-sponsored by Surrey Libraries and the Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market.

More information about the “Do the Math” movie can be found at http://math.350.org/.

For more information about the local Village Surrey Transition Initiative and the Village Surrey Movie Night Series, contact David Dalley at davidanderin@dalley.ca or 604-502-8661.

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