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Bill McKibben        

Author & Environmental Activist

Of all the challenges the planet faces, none is as large as its fast-heating climate—and no one has worked longer or harder than Bill McKibben both to document and fight that ever-growing crisis. The author of the first book about global warming—1989’s The End of Nature—McKibben went on to found 350.org, which has become the biggest grassroots climate campaign in the world.

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the “alternative Nobel.” His book The End of Nature (approaching 30 years in print) is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been translated into 24 languages. TIME Magazine has called him “perhaps the planet’s best green journalist,” and he’s lectured and organized on every continent, including Antarctica. His forthcoming book—Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?—offers a piercing look not only at our environmental challenges, but at the existential questions that come with new technologies like artificial intelligence.

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Our Changing Climate A Global Movement of Reform

In the summer of 2007, Arctic ice began to melt far more rapidly than scientists had expected. Before the season was out, they'd begun to conclude that the earth was already moving past tipping points—that indicators, from the thawing of glaciers to the spread of droughts, showed global warming was a present crisis, not a future threat. Our leading climatologists even gave us a number for the red line: 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere. That’s a tough number, since we’re already past it. In this talk, Bill McKibben describes not only the science of the situation, but also the inspiring global movement that he's led to help change the world’s understanding of its peril, and spur the reforms necessary to get the planet back to safety. McKibben’s work has crossed the boundaries of language and faith, even the gulf between rich and poor, and it makes for a vibrant, powerful talk that can lead to real change.

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Bill McKibben: “Being green won't solve the problem” - Salon.com

The writer-turned-activist on leading the leaderless climate movement.

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