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, 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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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 3:45pm
We Want People to Change Their Minds
Word came recently that both the Philadelphia Quakers and the Unitarian General Assembly have decided to divest from fossil fuels. It followed by few weeks the news that the Roman Catholic University of Dayton and Union Theological Seminary, the home of many a great thinker, had done likewise. In...
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 11:15am
A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change
This is an invitation, an invitation to come to New York City. An invitation to anyone who'd like to prove to themselves, and to their children, that they give a damn about the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced. My guess is people will come by the tens of thousands, and it will be the...
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Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 9:00am
The Climate Movement Is Working... We Just Need More Movements
Friday' Keystone XL news from Washington, DC is both important and murky. In brief, the Obama administration announced yet another delay in their decision about the pipeline, meaning it may be past the midterm elections before a final call is made. Three things strike me: In pipeline terms it’s a...
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