Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is an author and environmental activist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ Foreign Policy named him as on of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe has called him “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”

Born in California in 1960, McKibben’s 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change and has appeared in 24 languages. Widely read as it was, in the years that followed McKibben realized it would take more than writing to change the discussion about climate change. ‘At the time, I thought, like most writers, that people would read my book and they would change. That turns out not to be how change works…The most powerful industry in the world is fossil fuel, because it is the richest. At a certain point, it became clear that our only hope of matching that money was with the currencies of movement: passion, spirit, creativity—and warm bodies.’

In 2007, McKibben took this idea and ran with it. He founded 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots anti-carbon campaign, which has since organized twenty thousand rallies around the world, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.

A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of BooksNational Geographic, and Rolling Stone. His latest book, Oil and Honey, is a memoir of his personal and global fight to build and preserve a sustainable planet.


*Bill McKibben will be joining us on Day 1 via a special video message.