Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is founder of and Schumann Distinguished Professor at Middlebury College in Vermont. He was recently honored with the Gandhi Peace Award for his work coordinating the civil disobedience actions around the Keystone XL pipeline in June 2011. He serves on Grist's Board of Directors.

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 NGOs they kicked out of the Bella Center. Great idea, …

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 teapot. And all the time the biggest scandal has been …


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 what hour you listen to the news bulletin, the U.N. …

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 off my emotions most of the time—this crisis is so …

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 legally-binding treaty in Copenhagen.Photo and caption: Oxfam InternationalCOPENHAGEN — From …


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 — for more health care or lower taxes, for a war …

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, a few anarchist posters wheat-pasted on signs, and I even …

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 climate summit in Copenhagen this December. You can find the …

What a difference a day makes

Day of Climate Action shows power of web organizing. Join us!

Bill McKibben and Chip Giller want you to get pumped up for the International Day of Climate Action.   When Grist was launched 10 years ago, a key idea behind it was that the web …

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