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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Friday, March 01, 2013
Some Tough News on Keystone XL
Yesterday Time Magazine declared that Keystone had become the Stonewall and the Selma of the climate movement -- and today we got a reminder of just how tough those fights were, and how tough this one will be.
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Sunday, February 17, 2013
A Great Day for the Climate Movement
Today was the day. Finally, powerfully, decisively -- the movement to stop climate change has come together. This was the biggest climate change rally in US history. By our count, 50,000 people gathered by the Washington Monument and then marched past the White House, demanding that President Obama block the Keystone XL pipeline and move forward toward climate action.
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Thursday, January 31, 2013
'Bringing It All Back Home': How Vermont Can Lead on Localizing the Climate Fight
Environmentalist Bill McKibben, author of some of the most widely read literature on climate change and co-founder of the group 350.org , brought his message about the dangers of global warming to lawmakers in his home state of Vermont on Wednesday, telling members of the Statehouse assembly that every state government (like every nation large and community small) must do what it can to meet the challenge&mdas
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Friday, January 11, 2013
Idle No More: Think Occupy, But With Deep Deep Roots
I don't claim to know exactly what's going on with #IdleNoMore , the surging movement of indigenous activists that started late last year in Canada and is now spreading across the continent -- much of the action, from hunger strikes to road and rail blockades, is in scattered and remote places, and even as people around the world pla
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Sunday, January 06, 2013
Obama Versus Physics: Why Climate Change Won’t Wait for the President
Change usually happens very slowly, even once all the serious people have decided there’s a problem. That’s because, in a country as big as the United States, public opinion moves in slow currents. Since change by definition requires going up against powerful established interests, it can take decades for those currents to erode the foundations of our special-interest fortresses.
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Monday, December 10, 2012
Hillary Clinton's Environmental Failures Could Become Obama's
It seems just a tad early to be thinking about the 2016 election—unless, apparently, you’re Hillary Clinton. According to Maureen Dowd in The New York Times, she sent handwritten notes to losing congressional candidates and invited big Irish-American donors on a trip to Dublin this week.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Leave the Carbon in the Ground: An Open Letter to Governments and Their Negotiators
2012 saw the shocking melt of the Arctic, leading our greatest climatologist to declare a 'planetary emergency,' and it saw weather patterns wreck harvests around the world, raising food prices by 40% and causing family emergencies in poor households throughout the world. That's what happens with 0.8ºC of global warming.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Obama Needs to Face Climate Change, Reject Keystone Pipeline
It will be painfully easy to tell if President Barack Obama is going to take a serious stab at doing something about climate change in his second term: The purest, starkest test he faces will be the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
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Thursday, November 01, 2012
A Grim Warning from Science
One of the things that makes Sandy different from Katrina is that it’s a relatively clean story. The lessons of Katrina were numerous and painful—they had to do with race, with class, with the willful incompetence of a government that had put a professional Arabian horse fancier in charge of its rescue efforts.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Sandy Forces Climate Change on US Election Despite Fossil Fuel Lobby
Here's a sentence I wish I hadn't written – it rolled out of my Macbook in May, part of an article for Rolling Stone that quickly went viral:
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