“Do The Math” Comes to LA November 11th

do the mathBill McKibben and 350.org launch 21 city “Do The Math” national tour to end fossil fuels

Known reserves of oil, coal and gas hold five times more carbon than climate scientists think is safe to burn.

This November, leading environmental writer and 350.org founder Bill McKibben is hitting the road for a 21-city tour that will kick-start the next phase of the climate movement: taking on the fossil fuel industry. Organizers hope that the “Do the Math” tour will spark a nationwide fossil fuel divestment movement at colleges and universities and inspire new protests against the industry.

“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°C, a goal agreed to by nearly every nation on earth, including the United States. (1)

Ackerman Ballroom, UCLA Student Union
308 Westwood Plaza
Saturday, November 11
Doors at 6 PM, show at 7 PM

“The numbers make it alarmingly clear 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,” said McKibben.

Part TED-Talk, part revival meeting, each event will be a unique and interactive experience with a rotating cast of speakers and musicians, including Naomi Klein, Mason Jennings, and other special guests. 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 landmark Rolling Stone article published this June, which is among the most read articles in the history of the magazine. It will end on an inspirational note that we still have a chance to solve the climate crisis if we act now. (2) Shows in cities like Seattle have already sold out — in Boston, organizers moved the evening to a larger venue after the original 800 tickets sold in just 18 hours.

“Even before the Do The Math tour, students across the country have begun demanding that their colleges divest from the fossil fuel industry and reinvest in sustainability,” said Dan Apfel, executive director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition. “Over 30 campus groups are already running campaigns — twenty new ones in just the past six weeks. This is the start of something big.”

More information on the tour is available at math.350.org.



  1. JoeWeinstein says

    McKibben’s math shows that what will count is our ceasing to be customers of Big Carb (Big Oil, Big Coal, Big Natgas). Toward that aim, in order to make our transition economically attractive, we do need INVESTMENT so as to reduce costs of safe renewable energy (primarily conservation and solar; sometimes also wind).

    On the other hand, McKibbens’ math shows that the proposed DIVESTMENT from Big Carb will NOT much matter. So long as we are customers, Big Carb can keep making huge profits for a long time (enough to burn up the planet) from the fuels they’ve already found and can recover. Those profits will suffice to keep up Big Carb’s stocks, no matter who divests.

    So, far more important than getting big institutions like universities to DIVEST from Big Carb is to get them to STOP BEING BIG CUSTOMERS of Big Carb. Even more important is to get even bigger institutions – for instance our governments and their contractors – to STOP being big customers of Big Carb.

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