Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, and a founder of He is a member of Grist’s board of directors.

uphill battle

Bill McKibben: Trump presidency “demands fierce resistance”

Here are some tips for persevering through the next four years.

Burning trees for electricity is a bad idea

The "forest products industry" is trying to paint industrial wood-fired power plants as clean. They’re not.

Standing Rock is standing tall

After 525 years, it’s time to actually listen to Native Americans

The Standing Rock Sioux are fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline -- one of many indigenous groups opposing climate-wrecking projects.

It’s not just what Exxon did — it’s what the oil company is still doing

Even after Exxon's climate-change cover-up, the company continues an endless search for more fossil fuels.

Fossil fuel zombies and the fight against undead Big Oil

New fossil fuel projects keep emerging from the ground. How can we stop them?

protesters in front of Arc de Triomphe
The Paris climate talks: Yes oui can!

World leaders adopt 1.5 C goal — and we’re damn well going to hold them to it

Bill McKibben applauds the Paris climate agreement's goal to restrain temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. Now we have to demand that leaders actually do it.

Why do other planets get official protection against pollution, but not Earth?

There's no planetary protection officer for Earth (but there is one for Mars).


McKibben to Obama: We can’t negotiate over the physics of climate change

Notes on the dangerous difference between science and political science.

Hillary Clinton
An Open Letter to the Democratic frontrunner

McKibben to Clinton: Now it’s really time to get serious about climate change

In an open letter to Hillary Clinton, Bill McKibben lays out exactly why she needs to put climate change at the center of her campaign -- and how she can win with it.