Toronto350.org hosted two back-to-back screenings of the documentary Do The Math, with a video introduction by Bill Mckibben and special guests Elizabeth May and Adria Vasil.
The event drew around 1,000 people and was a great success. As people arrived they commented that it felt like a festival atmosphere, and the movie continued to raise the energy of the night. The panel discussions and Q&A sessions helped many people to commit to getting involved in working to solve the climate crisis.
Many attendees also received free swag bags full of quality products donated by local businesses, and there was also a free prize draw.
Tuesday October 15th
There were two showings: 5:45pm and 8:15pm
Do the Math is a documentary produced by 350.org which tells the story of the grassroots movements trying to change the tragic outcomes of climate change and their adversaries in the fossil fuel industry. Using simple math, this film reveals the hard facts about climate change.
Bill McKibbon, a founder of 350.org, states that, “we can emit 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Burning the fossil fuel that corporations now have in their reserves would result in emitting 2,795 gigatons of carbon dioxide – five times the safe amount.”
This is your opportunity to learn and ask questions on how you can help Canada develop a comprehensive strategy that unites energy, prosperity, and social justice. Currently, the government of Canada is more focused in building pipelines and staking claims to the arctic waters than in alternative energy sources.
Elizabeth May, a Canadian Member of Parliament, environmentalist, writer, and the leader of the Green Party of Canada, believes that, “Taken separately, we could be fighting over these individual items without resolution. Taken together in a grown up conversation, they all fit together.”
Learn how we as individuals can reduce our carbon footprint in our daily lives. Canadians are big polluters. We produce 20 metric tons of greenhouse gases per capita while other OECD countries emit 12.5 metric tons per capita on average.
Highlights will include Ms. May’s Energy Strategy for Canadians, followed by other guest speakers including Adria Vasil, author of Ecoholic Home and Ecoholic Body.
* The schedule is subject to change.
Please be aware that there will be a rush line: anyone who hasn't shown up five minutes before the screening may lose their seat.
Note: To get the swag bag, you actually have to show up!