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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We realized that, to be successful, we needed to systematically confront the instruments used to sustain the dominance of fossil fuels. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The Climate Movement: What's Next?
What Is the Climate Movement's State of Play? I came to climate activism gradually. In 1989, when my book The End of Nature was published, it was the first book on global warming for a general audience. For the next fifteen, I worked mainly as a writer and speaker. That’s because I was analyzing...
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 ‘We are the people who happen to be alive at the moment when our choices will determine the future for thousands of years’. (Photo: Stéphane Mahé/Reuters)  Views
Friday, May 24, 2019
We’re Stepping Up—Join Us For a Day to Halt This Climate Crisis
On 20 September, at the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis, the greatest existential threat that all of us face. It’s a one-day climate strike, if...
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 From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Greta Thunberg, they are what’s left of our fighting chance.(Photograph: UPI/Barcroft Images) Views
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Glaciers and Arctic Ice Are Vanishing. Time to Get Radical Before It's Too Late
Forget “early warning signs” and “canaries in coalmines” – we’re now well into the middle of the climate change era, with its epic reshaping of our home planet. Monday’s news, from two separate studies, made it clear that the frozen portions of the Earth are now in violent and dramatic flux. The...
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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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