350.org Australia is working to create a fossil free future. This dramatic shift will happen because millions of people around the world take actions large and small to change the economic and political dynamics that currently prevent us from making the necessary changes.
With few Australians aware of the impending global environmental impact of our countries planned coal export expansion, we want to not only expose the coal industry’s plans but to call on Australians to take a stand, get involved and join the global movement that is working to dramatically shift our unquestionable support for profit at the expense of our environment.
In 2013, “350.org Australia” is bring a renowned author and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben to sound the alarm about Australia’s planned coal export expansion. Some of the proposed coal projects are among the handful in the world that would take the planet beyond the point of no return if they go ahead.
He will also be aiming to meet with business leaders and media about Australia’s alarming plans for expansion of coal mining and exports. We hope those attending will take away a sense of what we needs to change if we are to prevent an overheated planet.
Global warming maths is a simple and strikingly clear concept. It presents climate change as a big maths problem, involving the quantity of carbon we wish to burn and the capacity of the atmosphere to contain it. The question is, how much more can we burn before we’re in trouble?
With that question in mind, Bill has decided to make Australia the first international stop on the tour. That’s nothing to be proud of. It’s because the massive coal expansion that Gina Rinehart, Clive Palmer, Campbell Newman and Julia Gillard are planning has enough carbon currently locked in it to tip our planet over the edge if it goes ahead.
Do we want to be responsible for that as a country? Or do we want to stand up and be counted? Do we want to subtract ourselves from the equation?
In the first week of June, Bill will be holding public meetings in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane. We want to make this tour as effective as possible but our budget is tight and we don’t have the resources to:
Financial support to allow us to shoot video interviews with Australian experts so that they can be included as part of Bill McKibben's talks while in Australia.
Financial support to allow Bill and a few Australian opinion leaders to tour the coal mining areas around Gladstone, Qld. We hope this will enable him to talk and write about Australia's climate change challenges in more detail after the tour.
Financial support for a number of additional events to reach out to business and political leaders while Bill is here (beyond the public talks)
The opportunity to shoot photos and video of the tour so that it can be shared immediately after on YouTube with those who cannot attend.