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Bill McKibben

4/10/20 Panel

Apr 10, 2020

        The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, founder of the environmental organization 350.org and Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College Bill McKibben, and Siena College Economics Professor, Aaron Pacitti.

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Nancie Battaglia

Author, environmentalist, and activist Bill McKibben will give the Annual Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts on Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m.

His 1989 book “The End of Nature” is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country except North Korea.

The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, McKibben was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize.

His most recent book “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?” was published by Macmillan in April.

Book Cover for "Falter" and author photo of Bill McKibben
Author photo by Nancie Battaglia

Bill McKibben, often referred to as “America’s most important environmentalist,” thirty years ago offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change in his book, “The End of Nature.” Now he broadens the warning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out. The new book is “Falter.”

This is an Off the Shelf edition of The Book Show recorded in partnership with Northshire Bookstore.

Bill McKibben is a founder of the environmental organization 350.org and was among the first to have warned of the dangers of global warming. He is the author of fifteen books, including the bestsellers "The End of Nature," "Eaarth," and "Deep Economy." He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and the winner of the Gandhi Prize, the Thomas Merton Prize, and the Right Livelihood Prize.

Thirty years ago he offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change; now in "Falter," he provides a powerful, sobering call to arms to save not only our planet but all humanity.

McKibben and Joe Donahue will talk about "Falter" in an Off the Shelf edition of The Book Show at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, VT on Friday, April 19 at 6 p.m.

Bill McKibben at Plattsburgh United Methodist Church
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Author and activist Bill McKibben was in Plattsburgh Monday evening to talk to residents about the status of the environment and the growing urgency to reverse climate change.

Bill McKibben (File Photo)
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This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a Special Report warning that world governments must limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels to ensure a sustainable world. But a renowned environmentalist from our region says it’s more of the same — with no enforcement mechanism to force action.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A rally against fracking was held Thursday in Albany's West Capitol Park. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on an issue most New Yorkers thought was resolved back in 2014.

President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord is not winning him any friends in the environmental community.  That’s reflected by reaction from regional advocates.

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"There's no way to get around the fact that yesterday was a disaster," renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben says of President Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. "It's the thing that Trump will be remembered for for hundreds of years, assuming we're around for hundreds of years to remember...it's on the short list of the dumbest things America has ever done."

McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist. The Vermonter spoke with WAMC's Pat Bradley on Friday. In 1988, he wrote The End of Nature, the first book for a common audience about global warming. He is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board at 350.org.

Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben

For the past 17 months, demonstrators periodically have been blocking the entrance to a planned natural gas storage facility on Seneca Lake.  Yesterday, in the biggest protest yet, police arrested 57 people including writer and climate activist Bill McKibben. 

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It’s estimated that up to 400,000 people converged on New York City Sunday for the People’s Climate March, held just before the UN Climate Summit, which begins today. Among those at the rally was Middlebury College scholar and environmental activist Bill McKibben. The founder of 350.org,  McKibben was one of the organizers of the People’s Climate March. He spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Bill Would Make Vt. 1st State To Drop Oil Stocks

Nov 25, 2013
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When Vermont lawmakers return to work in about six weeks, they will consider whether the state should sell off its investments in oil, coal and other fossil fuel companies.

Legislation drafted in the House and Senate would require pension funds covering Vermont teachers and state and municipal employees to sell off those investments to avoid promoting activities that contribute to climate change.

Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben

Writer and environmental activist Bill McKibben is urging Vermont lawmakers to pass a big expansion of weatherization programs and block tar sands oil from being shipped on a pipeline that crosses northern Vermont.

Last night at the Egg I heard Bill McKibben talk about climate change. I was very proud of Joe and Alan and WAMC for organizing it and proud of the WAMC audience for coming out in droves to hear him. The message he brings is not a happy one but it is a message we have to hear and understand; more, it’s a message we have to act on.

We speak with Climate Change expert, Bill McKibben.

Stephen Gottlieb: This is an emergency

Oct 16, 2012

During the fund drive I heard Joe Donahue and this station working hard to bring Bill McKibben to this audience and lead us away from the catastrophe of global warming. He and the station did a great service and I am proud to be associated with them.

If your house was on fire you wouldn’t stand like a bystander waiting for it to collapse; you’d call the fire department and get anyone you could reach out of there fast.

Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben

Join us for an evening with world famous environmentalist Bill McKibben at Albany's The Egg.  The event will take place on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM.  All net proceeds from the talk will benefit WAMC's October Fund Drive.