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Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books, including The End of Nature and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he writes regularly for Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Review of Books, among other publications. In April 2007, he organized the Step It Up National Day of Climate Action, one of the largest global warming protests to date. Most recently, he has co-founder of 350.org, an international grassroots campaign that aims to mobilize a global climate movement united by a common call to action. He is a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College, and lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 21, 2020 What Will It Take to Cool the Planet?
topping new infrastructure is possible -- it's basically a battle with the fossil-fuel industry, which, as I've been pointing out, is losing financial muscle with each passing week.
SHARE Friday, May 8, 2020 Big Oil's Reign Is Finally Weakening
Exxon's scientists discovered -- before it was publicly an issue -- that climate change was real and dangerous, and when Exxon's executives decided to join with others in the industry to cover up that truth.
SHARE Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Response: Planet of the Humans Documentary
I am used to ceaseless harassment and attack from the fossil fuel industry, and I've done my best to ignore a lifetime of death threats from right-wing extremists. It does hurt more to be attacked by others who think of themselves as environmentalists. I have spent much of the last ten years doing my best to enlarge the environmental movement in every way I can think of, and to support others in their work;
SHARE Thursday, April 30, 2020 How to Combat Climate Depression
Young people are far more aware of the science behind climate change than their elders are, and they know what it means. They understand that if we can't check the rise in temperatures soon, we will see an ongoing series of crises.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 25, 2020 Stuck in the Past on the Climate
If you want to know why young people increasingly despair that the rest of us will leave them without a habitable world, consider the case of Lee Raymond.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 17, 2020 How We Can Build a Hardier World After the Coronavirus
The coronavirus pandemic has revealed one particularly shocking thing about our societies and economies: they have been operating on a very thin margin. So if we're thinking about building civilization back in a hardier and more resilient form, we'll have to learn what a more stable footing might look like.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 9, 2020 Will the Coronavirus Kill the Oil Industry?
Since the coronavirus took over our global conversation, the Trump Administration has also granted the oil industry the favor of dramatically reducing the mileage standards that the Obama Administration had imposed during the 2009 financial bailout.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, March 27, 2020 The Nature of Crisis
With climate change, we had effective warning in the late nineteen-eighties and early nineties. At that time, we could have made somewhat disruptive efforts to cut carbon emissions by a percent or two a year. But we didn't, and nor did any other country, for the same reason: the oil companies didn't want "the numbers" (in this case, the profits) to change.
SHARE Saturday, March 21, 2020 The Coronavirus and the Climate Movement
The result of heating the Earth will be an ongoing, accelerating series of disasters, eventually overwhelming our ability to cope. The pace of those events has been increasing in recent years, and our ability to keep them at something like a manageable level depends on the speed with which we transition off of gas, oil, and coal.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 12, 2020 With the Coronavirus, Hell Is No Other People
The strangest thing about the coronavirus is that we can't help one another through it. We can't lay on hands, we can only wash them: in fact, the way we've been explicitly told to help is to stay away from one another.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 8, 2020 What Can the Coronavirus Teach Us?
Things can go very, very wrong, and very, very quickly. That's precisely what scientists have been telling us for decades now about the climate crisis, and it's what people have learned, from Australia to California, Puerto Rico, and everywhere that flood and fire has broken out.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 19, 2019 Why Should You Climate Strike This Friday, September 20?
A year ago, inspired by Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, young people around the world began climate striking. In May, when 1.4 million kids around the world walked out of school, they asked for adults to join them next time. That next time is September 20 (in a few countries September 27), and it is shaping up to be the biggest day of climate action in the planet's history.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 18, 2019 If the world ran on sun, it wouldn't fight over oil
No one will ever fight a war over access to sunshine -- what would a country do, set up enormous walls to shade everyone else's panels? Fossil fuels are concentrated in a few places, giving those who live atop them enormous power; renewable energy can be found everywhere, the birthright of all humans. A world that runs on sun and wind is a world that can relax.