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

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

(31) 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

(50) 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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X-Ray of a Flagging Presidency

(329) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 9:48 AM

Will Obama Block the Keystone Pipeline or Just Keep Bending?

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As the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline has worn on -- and it’s now well over two years old -- it’s illuminated the Obama presidency like no other issue. It offers...

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Movements Without Leaders

(102) Comments | Posted August 18, 2013 | 8:06 PM

What to Make of Change on an Overheating Planet

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The history we grow up with shapes our sense of reality -- it’s hard to shake. If you were young during the fight against Nazism, war seems a different, more virtuous animal than if...

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The Video President Obama Hopes You Won't Notice

(368) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 2:43 PM

You need to see this: Former Obama administration green jobs advisor Van Jones just came out swinging against Keystone XL.

It's one of the strongest statements yet about what is at stake in this fight -- for the president, and for all of us. Here's the video:

Van doesn't just raise the stakes, he debunks the outright myths that are leading our nation down a road to disaster. But who he is matters just as much as what he says.

Van is the first prominent former Obama official to take such a strong stand. A man who helped set environmental policy in the Obama White House is now making it clear that approving Keystone XL would be a horrific mistake. We should pay attention.

Please watch, and help me spread far and...

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Keystone: What We Know

(271) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 4:15 PM

Ever since the Keystone fight began, the smart money has insisted the pipeline will be approved. But so far: no pipe.

And the opposition got a serious boost this week, when Republicans in the House of Representatives forced a vote on a symbolic measure approving KXL. It passed, of...

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Is the Keystone XL Pipeline the 'Stonewall' of the Climate Movement?

(310) Comments | Posted April 7, 2013 | 10:39 PM

And If So, Is That Terrible News?

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A few weeks ago, Time magazine called the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline that will bring some of the dirtiest energy on the planet from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Gulf Coast the “Selma...

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America's Dirtiest Coal Company

(178) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 9:54 AM


If you go to the website of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Missouri, you can read more than 1,000 letters from retired coal miners and their widows.

Their words are like the lyrics to an endless Johnny Cash ballad, and...

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Idle No More -- Think Occupy, But With Deep Deep Roots

(188) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 10:29 AM

I don't claim to know exactly what's going on with #IdleNoMore, the surging movement of indigenous activists that started late last year in Canada and is now spreading across the continent -- much of the action, from hunger strikes to road and rail blockades, is in scattered and remote places,...

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Obama Versus Physics

(629) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 8:28 AM

Why Climate Change Won’t Wait for the President

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Change usually happens very slowly, even once all the serious people have decided there’s a problem. That’s because, in a country as big as the United States, public opinion moves in slow currents.  Since...

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