ESAC is thrilled to have Bill McKibben as our keynote speaker for Congress 2012. He has been described by Time Magazine as ‘the planet’s best green journalist’ and the Boston Globe has said he was ‘probably the country’s most important environmentalist.’ He will be presenting on his reflections on the fight against climate change: Notes from the Front – Some Reflections on the Fight Against Climate Change.
Bill McKibben was first known for his book The End of Nature (1989) that was the first book for a general audience about climate change and has been printed in more than 20 languages.
His next book, The Age of Missing Information, is a fascinating experiment where he collected everything that came across the 100 channels of one of the nation’s largest cable tv systems and spent the next year watching the collected 2, 400 hours of videotape. He then compared it to a day spent on the mountaintop near his home. The book has been used widely in colleges and universities.
Since then he has published 8 more books that depict his original thinking and honest insight as well as frequently contributing to such magazines as The New York Times, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, Grist Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and more.
In March 2007, he demanded action for global warming by leading a five day walk across Vermont, which some newspapers are calling the largest demonstration to date in America about climate change. Bill also founded stepitup07.org to demand that Congress enacts curbs on carbon emissions which would cut global warming pollution by 80% by 2050. He organized Step It Up 2007 which was the largest day of protest about climate change in the nation’s history, as there were 1 400 global warming demonstrations across all of America. He founded the grassroots campaign 350.org which has coordinated 15 000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009.
He has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing.
He will be beamed-in live from Middlebury, Vermont where he is a scholar in residence on May 31 from 3 to 5 pm. The session will be moderated by Stephen Bede Sharper, associate professor of environmental studies and religious studies at the University of Toronto.
Don’t miss out!