Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and co-founder of 350.org. His most recent book is Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 8:30am
A Letter to Obama: You Still Have Time To Be a Climate Champion — But Not Much
Dear President Obama — I feel a little awkward writing a letter to you, perhaps because I helped organize the largest demonstrations outside your house during your residence there: It’s odd to write someone when the closest you’ve ever come to them is being chained to the fence outside their home...
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 2:45pm
Shell’s Arctic Drilling is the Real Threat to the World, Not Kayaktivists
Shell has one or two rivals for the title of Planet’s Most Irresponsible Company, but it’s definitely the most ironic. The grand irony, of course, is that, having watched the Arctic melt as global temperatures rose, Shell was first in line to drill the newly melted waters for yet more oil which...
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Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 2:00pm
How Mankind Blew the Fight Against Climate Change
If historians someday need to explain how mankind managed to blow the fight against climate change, they need only point to last month’s shareholder meeting at Exxon Mobil headquarters in Dallas. The meeting came two days after Texas smashed old rainfall records — almost doubled them , in some...
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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
Why the Planet Is Happy That Bernie Sanders Is Running for President
After lunch, right about the time that Bernie Sanders was actually announcing his run for president, I went for a walk in the woods, and polled three chickadees, two wild turkeys, one vernal pool of chirping wood frogs and a random sample of several tree species. You have to bear in mind that this...
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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 6:30am
A Climate Hero Languishes in Prison. Let's Fight to Get Him Out.
The underwater pictures from the Maldives this weekend brought back a staggering rush of memories. In 2009, when 350.org was still a fledgling organization and not the world’s largest grassroots climate campaign, we’d called for our first global day of action. All around the world people rallied in...
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 1:00pm
The Big US/China Climate Deal: What It Is, and What It Isn’t
1) It is historic. John Kerry was right to use the phrase in his New York Times oped announcing the deal: for the first time a developing nation has agreed to eventually limit its emissions, which has become a necessity for advancing international climate negotiations. 2) It isn’t binding in any...
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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 6:15am
Why We March: Stepping Forth for a Planet in Peril
On Sunday, September 21st, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest political protests in many years in New York. More than 1,000 groups are coordinating the march --...
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 9:15am
Note to President Obama: Fracking May Be Worse Than Burning Coal
If you’re a politician, science is a bitch; it resists spin. And a new set of studies—about, of all things, a simple molecule known as CH4—show that President Obama’s climate change strategy is starting to unravel even as it’s being knit. To be specific: most of the administration’s theoretical...
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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 6:30am
Energy East vs. the Climate
Since the 2011 arrest of hundreds of people in Washington while protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, the fight against the tar sands has grown into one of the most important global fights against extreme energy. Hundreds of thousands of people have come together to fight pipeline projects across...
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Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 3:00pm
Stand Up and March: You Are the People's Climate Movement
Time to move, time to move! We’re all gathering in New York in September for the People’s Climate March , aka the biggest show of force yet from the movement determined to stop the planet’s slide into physical chaos. But before we get to march in New York we’re going to do some calisthenics in...
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