Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the founder of and the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College. In 2014 he was given the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes called the "alternative Nobel," in the Swedish Parliament. He is also a member of Grist's board of directors.

With climate agreement, Obama guts progressive values, argues McKibben

The President of the United States did several things with his agreement today with China, India, and South Africa: He blew up the United Nations. …

End of the world as we know it?

McKibben uninspired by Obama

COPENHAGEN — I watched Barack Obama from the back of a drafty warehouse, which the U.N. has repurposed as the holding tank for all the …

3 degrees of scandal

‘This entire conference is an elaborate sham’

COPENHAGEN — For two weeks we’ve been listening to the story of the leaked emails from East Anglia — a media tempest in an English …


Only the numbers count — and they add up to hell on earth

Cross-posted from the Guardian. COPENHAGEN — The Bella Center is a swirl of chatter, the streets of Copenhagen are a swirl of protest. Depending on …

Pass the Kleenex

No time for tears in Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN — I’ve spent the last few years working more than fulltime to organize the first big global grassroots climate change campaign. That’s meant shutting …

Something smells rotten in the state of Denmark

Bill McKibben on skunks at Copenhagen’s garden party

Cross-posted from A demonstration in support of the islands of Tuvalu, the 4th smallest country in the world, which is holding out for a …


The physics of Copenhagen: Why politics-as-usual may mean the end of civilization

Cross-posted from TomDispatch. Most political arguments don’t really have a right and a wrong, no matter how passionately they’re argued. They’re about human preferences — …

The Show Must Go On

The world needs a dramatic climax in Copenhagen, not a lame dress rehearsal

“Calm before the storm” is how my colleague Jamie Henn described Copenhagen today. “‘Hopenhagen‘ advertising everywhere, people setting up a outdoor concert venue in downtown, …

We need more than rhetoric and excuses

Mr. President: Time to quit fibbing and spinning

This essay appeared first on Bill McKibben is chronicling his journey into climate activism with a series of columns leading up to the global …

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