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Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books, including The End of Nature and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he writes regularly for Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Review of Books, among other publications. In April 2007, he organized the Step It Up National Day of Climate Action, one of the largest global warming protests to date. Most recently, he was co-founder of, an international grassroots campaign that aims to mobilize a global climate movement united by a common call to action. He is a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College, and lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter.

Entries by Bill McKibben

Why Democrats Should Be Cheering For Bernie Sanders

(582) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 5:42 PM

There's been truly horrible news the past couple of days: Google Alton Sterling or Philando Castille if you somehow missed it. And there's been nasty political news: Donald Trump and his 'sheriff's star.' Those events are, sadly, predictable, and all the more troubling because of that predictability.

Buried in the...

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Civil Society To Prime Minister Turnbull: Go 100% Renewable To Save The Reef

(8) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 10:49 AM

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull
Prime Minister of Australia
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Prime Minister

RE: Crisis on the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is a natural wonder. It is a global treasure,...

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사람들은 변화에 대해 잘못된 생각을 가졌다

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 2:15 PM

*이 글은 '딥 이코노미'의 저자 빌 맥키벤의 허핑턴포스트 블로그를 번역한 글입니다.

샌더스가 경선을 뛰는 것을 전전긍긍하며 깎아 내리려는 목소리가 커지고 있다. 특히 많이 들리는 논리가 한 가지 있다.

전통적인 전문가인 타임스, 복스 같은 힙한 인사이더 웹사이트의 기사마다 이 논리가 눈에 띈다. 그들은 이렇게 말한다. 샌더스는...

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Exxon's Never-Ending Big Dig

(208) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 8:46 AM

Flooding the Earth With Fossil Fuels

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Here’s the story so far. We have the chief legal representatives of the eighth and 16th largest economies on Earth (California and New York) probing the biggest fossil fuel company on Earth (ExxonMobil), while both Democratic presidential...

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Getting Change Wrong

(801) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 11:20 AM

In the mounting, panicky attempts of elites to derail the Sanders candidacy, one strand dominates.

You find it woven through every sage piece from the old-school pundits of the Times and the hip insider websites like Vox. Yes, they say, he's saying some useful things. But he can't really...

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A Mosquito Net Descends Across the Americas

(49) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 3:22 PM

We are a few weeks away from the 70th anniversary of Winston Churchill's famous speech in Fulton, Missouri, the one where he announced (with Churchillian timbre) that "from Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent." He named the geopolitical fact...

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Bernie Sanders Refuses to Melt

(535) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 9:36 AM

Bernie Sanders keeps refusing to run the way that the pundits think he should -- that's what makes this primary so interesting and perhaps a turning point in American politics.

You could see it last night in the Democratic town hall. Before they let, you know, sensible people ask questions,...

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Night of the Living Dead, Climate Change-Style

(133) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 8:51 AM

How to Stop the Fossil Fuel Industry From Wrecking Our World

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When I was a kid, I was creepily fascinated by the wrongheaded idea, current in my grade school, that your hair and your fingernails kept growing after you...

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A próxima década vai decidir como será o mundo por milhares de décadas no futuro

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 3:48 PM

Os próximos dez anos serão decisivos no que diz respeito ao futuro do planeta - o que fizermos (ou deixarmos de fazer) vai ter consequências de longo prazo.

Se pusermos as mãos à obra, a década pode ser aquela em que o uso de combustíveis fósseis chegou ao ápice, começando...

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Nel prossimo decennio si deciderà l'aspetto del pianeta per le prossime migliaia di anni

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 6:26 AM

I prossimi dieci anni saranno decisivi per il futuro del pianeta, ciò che faremo (o non faremo) avrà un impatto di portata temporale geologica.

Se ci impegnassimo, potrebbe trattarsi del decennio in cui l'utilizzo dei combustibili fossili del pianeta raggiungerà un picco, per poi cominciare a calare in fretta....

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La décennie qui vient décidera de l'avenir du monde pour les prochains millénaires

(4) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 11:25 PM

Ce billet fait partie d'une série de blogues célébrant les 10 ans du HuffPost, série pour laquelle nous avons invité des experts à réfléchir sur la prochaine décennie dans leurs domaines respectifs. Pour découvrir leurs blogues, visitez notre section Le monde en 2025.

Les 10 prochaines...

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The Next Decade Will Decide What the World Looks Like for Thousands of Decades to Come

(457) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 6:00 PM

The next 10 years will be decisive when it comes to the planet's future -- what we do (or don't) will play out over geologic time.

It could, if we set our minds to it, be the decade when the planet's use of fossil fuels peaks and then rapidly declines....

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Why the Planet Is Happy That Bernie Sanders Is Running for President

(188) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 5:50 PM

After lunch, right about the time that Bernie Sanders was actually announcing his run for president, I went for a walk in the woods, and polled three chickadees, two wild turkeys, one vernal pool of chirping wood frogs and a random sample of several tree species. You have to bear...

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Why You Should Join Global Divestment Day

(30) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 10:54 AM

You know why you should join an action near you on Global Divestment Day? Like the one down on Wall Street this Friday in New York City, or the one at London's City Hall on Saturday?

Because we've got the bad guys on the run....

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O mais importante acordo climático: o que é e o que não é

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 5:03 PM

1) É histórico. John Kerry tinha razão ao usar a frase, em seu Editorial no New York Times, quando anunciou o acordo: pela primeira vez uma nação em desenvolvimento concordou em limitar eventualmente as suas emissões, o que se tornou uma necessidade para avançar nas negociações internacionais sobre...

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The Big Climate Deal: What It Is, and What It Isn't

(80) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 8:34 AM

1) It is historic. John Kerry was right to use the phrase in his New York Times oped announcing the deal: for the first time a developing nation has agreed to eventually limit its emissions, which has become a necessity for advancing international climate negotiations.

2) It isn't...

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People's Climate March: Working for a Better World

(10) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 2:24 PM

This Sunday, an estimated 100,000 people will flood the streets of midtown Manhattan for the largest climate demonstration in world history. They will come from all over the globe, with interests, talents, and biographies that mirror the incredible diversity of our world. What's even more groundbreaking is how many groups...

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Two Silences and a Big Loud Noise at the People's Climate March

(29) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 4:02 PM

Sunday will see the biggest march against climate change in the planet's history. But as we parade through the streets of New York, it will look -- and sound -- different than the big mass gatherings of the past century, from the march on Washington to the huge...

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Why We March

(53) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 8:19 AM

Stepping Forth for a Planet in Peril

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On Sunday, September 21st, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest political protests...

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We Want People to Change Their Minds

(47) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 10:24 AM

Word came recently that both the Philadelphia Quakers and the Unitarian General Assembly have decided to divest from fossil fuels. It followed by few weeks the news that the Roman Catholic University of Dayton and Union Theological Seminary, the home of many a great thinker, had done likewise.


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