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Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books, including The End of Nature and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he writes regularly for Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Review of Books, among other publications. In April 2007, he organized the Step It Up National Day of Climate Action, one of the largest global warming protests to date. Most recently, he has co-founder of 350.org, an international grassroots campaign that aims to mobilize a global climate movement united by a common call to action. He is a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College, and lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 3, 2020 It's a New World, Each and Every Day
Every once in a while, it's worth stepping back and reminding ourselves what's actually going on, silently, every hour of every day. And what's going on is that we're radically remaking our planet, in the course of a human lifetime. Hell, in the course of a human adolescence.
SHARE Sunday, August 30, 2020 We've Run out of Presidential Terms to Waste
The working definition of the ongoing brain seizure that is 2020 is either that Coloradans are being told by state authorities to install smoke-resistant "safe rooms" in their houses, or that Californians now must weigh what kind of mask to wear.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, August 21, 2020 Will Kamala Harris Act Boldly on Climate Change?
We're in the Kamala Harris era now, and so far, so good. Given the very real possibility that she'll be at or near the pinnacle of our politics for somewhere between four and 16 years, it's worth asking how she will handle the gravest crisis that looms over our planet.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 31, 2020 How Hot Will the Future Feel?
The level of damage that comes from rising temperatures -- let's call it applied climatology -- is not as telling, ultimately, as our collective ability to respond to that damage
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 23, 2020 What Joe Biden's Climate Plan Really Signals
Assuming that Trump exits next year, and that high-level climate denial goes with him, that pressure will do what pressure does: finally start to make things pop.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 2, 2020 What Facebook and the Oil Industry Have in Common
Why the oil companies don't just become solar companies? They don't for the same reason that Facebook doesn't behave decently: an oil company's core business is digging stuff up and burning it, just as Facebook's is to keep people glued to their screens.
SHARE Thursday, June 18, 2020 How Public Opinion Changes for the Better
You could feel the Zeitgeist shifting these past days, as culturally powerful parts of our society decided that the future lies with the protesters demanding accountability for America's past and safety from its present authorities.
SHARE Sunday, June 14, 2020 A Guy Named Craig May Soon Have Control Over a Large Swath of Utah
Joe Biden has promised, repeatedly, that, if elected President, he would end new leasing on federal lands for oil, gas, and coal. As he said during a primary debate in March, "No more drilling on federal lands. No more drilling, including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period."
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Making a Planet Worth Saving
Climate change and police brutality are directly linked together, because the communities who are most impacted and vulnerable to police brutality are also the same communities that are most vulnerable to climate change.