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Climate change activist to speak April 2
Wednesday, 04 March 2020 00:36

From Staff Reports

Bill McKibben, one of America’s best-known advocates for action on climate change, will give a lecture on “Our Changing Climate: A Global Movement of Reform” at UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena at 7 p.m. April 2. 

The talk is free and open to everyone – no tickets needed – with support from The David and Lin Brown Visionary Lecture Series and The Ecology Wildlife Foundation Fund.

McKibben is widely credited with having written the first book on global warming for a general audience. Published in 1989, “The End of Nature” was written with the hope and expectation that simply and clearly stating the problem, then called the “greenhouse effect,” would lead to corrective action. 

And in the succeeding three decades, McKibben has continued to write, speak out and organize mass actions around the world. He is a founder of 350.org, an international movement “working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy.”

Last year, McKibben published a new book, “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?”

Regarding the book, McKibben said in an interview with the Sierra Club’s national magazine, “In a way, ‘Falter’ is a summing up after three decades of where we are … we haven’t done very much in those 30 years... As a result, what was an abstract and theoretical threat is now daily reality for people all over the world. … I now have amazing colleagues around the planet [at 350.org] – most of them in places that did nothing to cause this problem, but all of them nonetheless engaged in the fight. I find that endlessly inspiring.”

McKibben, the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in environmental studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has earned many prestigious awards. He won the Right Livelihood Award in 2014, and was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Peace Prize Award and the Thomas Merton Prize; he holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to its inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and The Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”

 



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