Bank Australia was delighted to sponsor Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, on his Accelerate Climate Action tour of Australia throughout April and May. The focus of evening was the need to speed up climate action in the face of increasingly alarming statistics about the climate crisis. Statistics that underpinned three actions McKibben wanted from individuals, government and the corporate sector.
“Last week (April 23rd), we exceeded 412 parts per million (ppm) of carbon”
This is an especially pertinent statistic to the meaning behind 350.org, as 350 ppm has been considered the safe upper limit to avoid a climate tipping point. In doing so, we would not exceed 400 ppm of carbon, yet carbon emissions continue to rise.
Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“Pakistan reached over 50 degrees on Monday (30th April) which was the hottest global temperature ever recorded in April, eclipsing the record set last year.”
This was recorded in Nawabshah, a city of 1.1 million people in southern Pakistan reached the highest temperature ever reliably recorded, anywhere in the world, in the month of April.
“In the last 30 years the Atlantic Ocean current has diminished by 15%”.
McKibben is referring to the conveyor belt, which is one of the most important transporters of heat in the climate system, known for keeping Western Europe warm and other climate regulation.
The key theme of the night was thatwe are already moving towards a future without fossil fuels – but it’s time to accelerate our response. Read our full write-up of how to take action and listen to an interview with Bill McKibben on our On Purpose podcast.
Bank Australia were delighted to sponsor 350.org’s tour and attend the events in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide last week.