Thanks to Lisa Pepper of 350 Ottawa for the event suggestion.


Local group Ottawa is hosting a screening of Do the Math on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. It’s a documentary about the unsustainability of our current and projected use of fossil fuels. Here are a few figures from

  • Fossil fuel corporations have five times more oil, coal and gas in known reserves than climate scientists think is safe to burn;
  • We’ve raised global temperatures .8°C (a 2°C warming is considered unsafe);
  • That .8°C has caused more damage than expected—for example, the disappearance of a third of summer sea ice in the Arctic.

The film focuses on environmentalist Bill McKibben and’s Fossil Free Campaign that’s calling on public institutions and others to divest from fossil fuels.

The screening includes a talk by David Rhynas of Climate Reality Canada about alternatives for addressing climate change, and a discussion about the film and the campaigns that Ottawa is working on (there’s coffee, too). The event is free and happens on Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. at the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington.

See for more information.