Doing the maths on climate change
A group of us from ecostore joined hundreds of other people in Auckland in 2013 to hear environmental author and activist Bill McKibben speak. Bill is the author of ‘The End of Nature’ and is also the co founder of 350.org, an international climate change campaign which is named for the safe level of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere - 350 parts per million.
We listened for more than an hour while Bill described some of the challenges we’re facing; our world leaders failed us at Copenhagen, we broke the Arctic and we’ve already surpassed safe levels of CO2. In May 2013, the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii reported carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere above 400 parts per million. In New Zealand we’ve opened up our coastline to unprecedented oil exploration and drilling. Despite all this he made us laugh and feel that every single one of us could make a difference.
The oil, gas and coal industries are among the most profitable of all businesses, but we have currencies other than money, such as passion, spirit and creativity. Amongst other things, we need to encourage the organisations we’re involved in to divest from fossil fuel industries, although some stronger action may also be required. And if some of us have to go to jail to stand up for what we believe in? Well it’s not the end of the world, as Bill says, ‘The end of the world is the end of the world’.
If you’d like to find out what you can do to start or join a campaign to divest from the fossil fuel industry, take a look at this website.