Do the Math
Bill McKibben & the Fight Over Climate Change
The math is simple. To avoid climate catastrophe, we have to limit carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere to 350 parts per million or below. The only problem? We're presently at 400 parts per million -- and climbing. In November 2012, bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben and 350.org, the organization he founded, hit the road to raise awareness of this terrifying math and build a movement to challenge the fossil fuel industry. Do the Math
takes us inside that tour, following McKibben as he delivers an astonishingly clear breakdown of the facts -- and the stakes -- to more than 25,000 people at sold-out shows in 21 cities across the country. The film serves as a much needed correction to industry spin, and shows how an unprecedented global movement is rising up to keep CO2 emissions down.
Highly recommended for courses that look at climate science, geography, environmental policy, corporate influence, the costs of mass consumerism and consumption, and social change movements.
A PF Pictures Production
Director & Producer: Kelly Nyks & Jared P. Scott
Editors: Tony Hale & Mike McSweeney
Directors of Photography: Mike McSweeney & Rob Featherstone
Field Producer: Theron Powell
Associate Producers: Emily DeScalo & Tony Hale
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Praise for the Film
"Do the Math
is a wake-up call on climate change and fossil fuel use. It presents a clear and convincing case that we need to wake up and take action. Don't miss this film."
- Raymond S. Bradley | University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences
and Director of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts - Amberst
"Do the Math
is essential viewing for anyone interested in the points of contact between climate change, politics, and the global economy. It brings home a compelling message from Bill McKibben that the world must
reform an economic system tilted heavily towards using several times as much carbon-based fuel as the atmosphere can sustain. Watching this film, supplemented by considering how consumer choice drives this
economic imbalance, is a useful starting part for becoming a thoughtful 'global climate citizen.'"
- Dr. Doug Crawford-Brown | Director, Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research, University of Cambridge
"Watch the film, do the math, sign up for the struggle, and link it to the struggles you are already involved in. Our common future depends on it."
- Marc Brodine | People's World
"Moving and incredibly motivating."
- Taryn Oakley | Instructor of Environmental Science at Portland Community College
"Think of Do the Math
as a sort of grassroots sequel to An Inconvenient Truth
"Do the Math
is an inspiring, humble and hopeful movie with a focus on how all of us can be part of the climate change solution."
- Dr. Boyd Cohen | Professor, Economics & Business at Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile | Author, Climate Capitalism
"Makes a compelling case about how it is time to stop playing defense for the environment; we had better start playing hard offense."
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