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, 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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 "What Medicare for All is to the health care debate, or Fight for $15 is to the battle about inequality, 100% Renewable is to the struggle for the planet’s future." (Photo: Laurel L. Russwurm/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, April 20, 2018
100% Renewable Energy is Within Our Reach
We watch in horror as the damages from climate change continue to mount. Last year, Hurricane Harvey dropped more rain on Houston than any storm has ever dropped on any American city, ever. Hurricane Maria set back development in Puerto Rico 25 years, according to early estimates. And the tab keeps...
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"They should light up the Empire State Building in green tonight — for the money the city is going to save, and for the planet it will help protect in the process." (Photo/Nara Garber) Views
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Applaud Mayor de Blasio and NYC for Climate Courage: Righteous Pension Divestment, Legal Fight Against Fossil-Fuel Companies
When I was a young man living in the city, back in the early 1980s, there were always small knots of three-card Monte players ripping people off in Midtown. But none of those mugs were New Yorkers, who would walk by shaking their heads; it was just tourists who fell for the patter. You can get away...
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Environmental activists in kayaks protest the arrival of the Polar Pioneer, an oil drilling rig owned by Shell Oil, in Seattle. The rig is part of a fleet that will lead a controversial oil-exploration effort off Alaska's North Slope. Views
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Time Is Running Out for the Planet
BillMoyer.com editor's note: I wasn’t one of the 50,766 participants who finished the New York City Marathon last weekend. Instead, I spent the average marathon finish time of 4:39:07 to read a book — obviously a small book. In the interest of disclosure, I didn’t even start the race, but that’s...
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Thursday, June 01, 2017
Trump’s Stupid and Reckless Climate Decision
People say, if all you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail. We should be so lucky. President Trump has a hammer, but all he’ll use it for is to smash things that others have built, as the world looks on in wonder and in fear. The latest, most troubling example is his decision to...
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
On April 29, We March for the Future
I t is hard to avoid hyperbole when you talk about global warming. It is, after all, the biggest 
thing humans have ever done, and by a very large margin. In the past year, we’ve decimated the Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest living structure on Earth. In the drought-stricken territories...
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