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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Saturday, March 16, 2019
A Future Without Fossil Fuels?
“Kingsmill Bond” certainly sounds like a proper name for a City of London financial analyst. He looks the part, too: gray hair expertly trimmed, well-cut suit. He’s lived in Moscow and Hong Kong and worked for Deutsche Bank, the Russian financial firm Troika Dialog, and Citibank. He’s currently “...
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A student with her face painted participates in a climate change protest organized by 'Youth Strike 4 Climate' in London on Feb. 15. (Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA-EFE / REX) Views
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Students are Striking for Action on Climate Change—a Truancy Everyone Should Applaud
Consider this a note explaining why one of us will be absent from school on March 15 — and why everyone else should applaud this truancy. Beginning last August, a Swedish schoolgirl named Greta Thunberg went on strike from her classes, choosing instead to spend the days on the steps of the...
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Sunrise Movement activists and allies outside Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office in San Francisco to say, "Support the Green New Deal now!" Views
Sunday, February 24, 2019
The Hard Lessons of Dianne Feinstein’s Encounter with the Young Green New Deal Activists
One imagines that Senator Dianne Feinstein would like a do-over of her colloquy with some young people on Friday afternoon. A group of school students, at least one as young as seven, went to the senator’s San Francisco office to ask her to support the Green New Deal climate legislation. In a video...
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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey announce Green New Deal legislation in Washington on February 7, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Climate Change Is Scary—Not the Green New Deal
Myron Ebell of the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, the man who led the drive to pull America out of the Paris climate accords, said the other day that the Green New Deal was a “back-to-the-dark-ages manifesto.” That’s language worth thinking about, coming from perhaps the Right’s...
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Then-Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) Views
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez's Climate Genius Stroke: Her #GreenNewDeal Is the Most Serious Response to the Crisis Yet
Ruing the day that they mocked her clothing or dancing, some critics have decided to train their fire on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s brain instead. She didn’t know the three branches of government; she overstated how much the Pentagon had wasted. If, a writer in the Washington Post suggested, this kind of imprecision persists, “responsible self-government becomes impossible.”
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Thursday, December 06, 2018
How The Iconic 1968 Earthrise Photo Changed Our Relationship To The Planet
1968 was a crazy year, its events moving at a horrific pace. The Tet Offensive. The My Lai Massacre. Bobby Kennedy announcing the news that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated. Bobby Kennedy’s assassination. Riots across urban America and outside the Democratic National Convention...
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At a rally at the University of Colorado in Boulder last week, Chris Hoffman wears a sign to promote a proposition to limit fracking. (David Zalubowski/AP) Views
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Big Oil Is Sloshing a Crude Tsunami Across the Country
In the wake of the devastating new climate report — and of devastating hurricanes, droughts and floods — the oil industry has been making a few small noises about how it might want to change its course. BP’s chief executive, for instance, recently called for a “different, more innovative,...
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Sunday, October 21, 2018
I Was Used to Social Media Abuse. Then Someone Suggested Shooting Me
In a world where the president goes on Twitter to call a woman“horseface” it seems pointless to call for “civility.” So let me suggest that we start with a lower bar, maybe one we could still hope to achieve: Let’s stop threatening to kill one another. One morning last week I had to write to a...
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A protester celebrating President Barack Obama’s decision to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Washington, D.C., November 6, 2015. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Seeing Red? Think Blue
On Friday evening, the Democratic National Committee reversed a decision it had made two months ago: the committee would now welcome money from fossil-fuel corporate PACS. In the same resolution, the DNC saluted “forward-looking employers” who are “powering America’s all-of-the-above energy economy...
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"The groundswell that’s been building around the planet for divestment derives its power from everyone working together toward the same end." (Photo: Screenshot/Twitter) Views
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Irish Parliament Makes History With Vote to Divest Country Fully From Fossil Fuels
I’m writing this with a Guinness clutched in one hand, because today the government of Ireland gave us big reason to celebrate: it became the first nation on earth committing to divest fully from fossil fuel companies. The bill is expected to become law by the end of this year, and Ireland’s €8bn...
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