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 "Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?." He also authored "The End of Nature," "Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet," and "Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future."

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But four more years of Trump and all-out climate denial? If the world’s largest economy is acting as a brake on climate progress, rather than accelerator, progress will be lurching at best. (Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 03, 2020
This Election Isn't About the Next Four Years. It's About the Next Four Millennia
A ll American elections determine the character of the country for the next four years. And they have a lot to say about what the world will feel like too – that’s what it means to be a superpower. But this election may determine the flavor of the next four millennia – maybe the next 40. That’s...
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A firefighter uses a drip torch to set a backfire to protect houses in Adobe Canyon during the Nuns Fire on October 15, 2017 near Santa Rosa, California. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Vote as if the Climate and the Future of Humanity Depend on It—Because They Do
This story originally appeared in The Nation and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now , a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. To understand the planetary importance of this autumn’s presidential election, check the calendar. Voting ends on...
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A home burns as the River Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex, moves through the area on July 31, 2018 in Lakeport, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Views
Sunday, July 26, 2020
The Next Election Is About the Next 10,000 Years
The upcoming election looks to be an apocalyptic turning point for our democracy—and our planet. In Turnout! Mobilizing Voters in an Emergency , political visionaries and movement leaders such as Bill McKibben define the urgency of this moment and provide a manual for turning out voters in an age...
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An Exxon sign in Framingham, MA. Views
Monday, November 18, 2019
Big Oil Needs to Pay for the Damage It Caused
This month in a Manhattan courthouse, New York State's attorney general Letitia James argued that ExxonMobil should be held accountable for layers of lies about climate change. It's a landmark moment—one of the first times that Big Oil is having to answer for its actions—and James deserves great...
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Because we burn so much coal and gas and oil, the atmosphere of our world is changing rapidly, and that atmospheric change is producing record heat. (Photo: YES! illustration by Jennifer Luxton) Views
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Bill McKibben: This Climate Strike Is Part of the Disruption We Need
Business as usual is what’s doing us in. We live on a planet that finds itself rather suddenly in the midst of an enormous physical crisis. Because we burn so much coal and gas and oil, the atmosphere of our world is changing rapidly, and that atmospheric change is producing record heat. July was...
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Climate change activist Greta Thunberg sets sail for New York, in the 60-foot Malizia II yacht, from Plymouth, England, on Aug. 14.(Photo: KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/WPA POOL/GETTY IMAGES) Views
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Youth to Adults—Join Us in the Climate Fight
So far it’s been the hottest summer ever recorded — June was the hottest June, and July was the hottest month ever. France, Germany, Britain, Belgium, and the Netherlands had their hottest days of all time, joining countries from Cuba to Vietnam and Togo to the Reunion Islands. This is dangerous...
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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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