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Bill McKibben

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Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen

A fine writer and ardent environmentalist, he counts himself lucky to have worked at The New Yorker with (for? near?) William Shawn, “the greatest editor of the twentieth century.” What contributed to his mastery? “Once he had writers in his stable, he was quite interested in what they were interested in.” Professional skill as a manifestation of individual character.


27 Mar 2021

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Episode Two: A Conversation with Environmental Activist Bill McKibben on Climate and Citizenship

Roots to Renewal

Sponsored by Tierra Farm | Music by Simon FrishkoffIn this episode, our Executive Director Martin Ping had the chance to sit down with environmental activist Bill McKibben to talk about the daunting crisis of climate change and the important work of citizenship in facing this challenge. Bill's 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. A founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. 2:20  What inspired you to write End of Nature?4:20  I knew the minute I started learning about it [climate change] in the 1980s, that this was, trouble with capital T… and so beginning a long time ago, some kind of mix of journalism and activism, became my life.4:53 Now we've built these large movements and they're at the point of really being able to challenge finally, the political and economic power of the fossil fuel industry. 5:50 So there are days when my answer to this question has nothing to with whether we’re going to win or not. It’s simply how much trouble can I cause the bad guys today, that has to be enough reason for getting out of bed and doing the work… 6:30  Dr. King used to say at the end of his talks, ‘the arc of the moral universe is long and it bends toward justice.’ Which I think translates to, this may take a while, but we’re going to win. The arc of the physical universe is short and it appears to bend toward heat, and unless we get it solved really soon, we will not get it solved. 7:04 Nobody has a plan for refreezing the Arctic now that it's mostly melted. So that makes it daunting, but it makes it all the more beautiful that people are willing to join in this fight.7:41  We think agriculture is about 18% of emissions around the world…, the good news, although it's, you know, the science is still tentative in a lot of ways, and we don't really understand all of it are the indications that regenerative agriculture could pull a lot of carbon out of the air and that treating soils correctly, would be very, very helpful. 9:30 We're past the point where we can make the math work one vegan dinner at a time, one Prius at a time. And so I keep saying to people, and I think the most important thing an individual can do is be a little less of an individual and join together with others in movements that are actually big enough to make political and economic change, because that's what has to happen if we make we're going to make the math work.11:20 The work of citizenship largely gets done after hours and on weekends. And it’s crucial to making the world work.11:40 The people that move me most watching this are young people…Everybody knows Greta Thunberg and everybody should...but the really good news is there are 10,000 Greta Thunberg's - junior high and high school students, and there are 10,000,000 people following them.12:10 I sense, a real eagerness among older people to come into this work too. To make the third act of their lives about the kind of legacy that they're going to leave behind. ·        https://350.org·        https://www.billmckibben.com ·        Join our email list: https://hawthornevalley.org/contact/sign-up/ ·        https://www.instagram.com/hawthornevalley ·        https://rootstorenewal.buzzsprout.com/ 


25 Mar 2021

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A Greed Vaccine with Bill McKibben & Anthony Atamanuik

The Bitchuation Room

After Covid-19, let’s inoculate humanity against libertarians! The environmental activist and professor Bill McKibben (350.org) joins Francesca to assess Biden’s plan to combat climate change. Will it be fast enough to take advantage of the few years we have left to prevent massive climate meltdown? Gulp. Plus the wonderful comedian, writer and actor Anthony Atamanuik (The President Show) joins to tackle Cuomo’s fake 'cancel culture' cries, a biting Biden, and Trump’s attempt at stolen vaccine valor.  Featuring Bill McKibben, climate activist & author https://twitter.com/billmckibben/ Anthony Atamanuik, comedian/writer/actor https://twitter.com/TonyAtamanuik Francesca Fiorentini https://twitter.com/franifio Join the Franita and become a Patron today: www.patreon.com/bitchuationroomFollow The Bitchuation Room on Twitter @BitchuationPodThanks to producer Rebecca Rufer, and post production team Kelly Carey & Dorsey Shaw. Music Credits: The Cannery by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4485-the-canneryLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

1hr 26mins

15 Mar 2021

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Closing it Out -- Diggins Wins the Overall and the Engadin Experience with Bill McKibben

The Devon Kershaw Show by FasterSkier

The main point of the weekend was the coronation of Jessie Diggins as the overall winner of the cross-country World Cup. She becomes the first American woman to do so. Historic? Yes. Adding to the crystal collection, she'll haul across the Atlantic on her trip home the distance globe too. We discuss the racing in Engadin, Switzerland which consisted of mass start classic races on Saturday and fun point to point skate races on Sunday to close out the season. And on the podcast to discuss the racing, Diggins, the retirements of Sophie Caldwell and Simi Hamilton, and all the other myriad topics is longtime cross-country skier, climate activist, and writer Bill McKibben. (Bill knows well the whimsical nature of the podcast.)We are shameless subscribers to The New Yorker. However, if you are not, and still have a free article to burn through this month, check out McKibben's piece titled, The Cross-Country Skier Jessie Diggins Makes History In A Year Of Covid-19 And Climate Change. Thanks for listening.

1hr 18mins

15 Mar 2021

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Bill McKibben: Can Biden’s Climate Policies Save the Planet?

You Decide with Errol Louis

In his first weeks of office, President Biden signed a slew of executive actions aimed at reversing policies Donald Trump had enacted. In addition to pledging to rejoin the Paris climate accord, the Biden administration has also made moves to reduce the country’s dependency on the oil industry. Bill McKibben, an environmentalist and founder of 350.org, joined Errol to talk about the fight against climate change, the push to move towards renewable energy and whether there’s any hope for the next generation. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Do you have any thoughts or questions for Errol? Weigh in on twitter with the hashtag #NY1YouDecide or give us a call at 212-379-3440 and leave a message.


24 Feb 2021

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Bill McKibben: Where There's a Bill There's a Way

Muse Mentors

In what could be the most important Muse Mentors episode ever, author and climate activist  Bill McKibben (who wrote The End of Nature one of the first books on global warming for the general public) talks about his childhood, teen-aged years as a journalist; and, before he even graduated from Harvard, an invitation from the late great editor  William Shawn to write for  The New Yorker Magazine. McKibben also discusses the impact the arts has in furthering the climate change movement, reflecting on  his appearances on The Colbert Report, David Attenborough's recent magnum opus film "A Life on Our Planet", and a celebration of Richard Power's cri de coeur novel The Overstory. Here's a chance to hear Bill's origin story, and to discover how he has become a muse and mentor the world over!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=42335511)


4 Feb 2021

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Mary Berry and Bill McKibben in Conversation

The Schumacher Lectures

Mary Berry is the Executive Director of The Berry Center and a leader in the movement for sustainable agriculture. A well-known advocate for the preservation of rural culture and agriculture, she is currently working to reconnect cities with landscapes around them. Founded in 2011, The Berry Center advocates for small farmers, land conservation, and healthy regional economies by focusing on land use, farm policy, farmer education, urban education about farming, and local food infrastructure. Its goal is to establish within the Commonwealth of Kentucky a national model of urban-rural connectedness.Berry is attempting to restore a culture that has been lost in rural America. She continues the advocacy of her grandfather, father, and uncle for land-conserving communities. When President Obama appointed her to Kentucky’s Farm Service Agency State Board, she took on a public role in an effort to change policy.For 32 years she farmed for a living— first as a dairy farmer, then raising tobacco, and later raising organic vegetables as well as pastured poultry and beef. From 2002 until 2011 she catered events at her winery.She serves on the Board of United Citizens Bank in New Castle, Kentucky, and on the Board of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. She writes for the periodical Edible Louisville and speaks widely as a proponent of small farmers.Bill McKibben is an environmentalist and author who frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. Awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the Alternative Nobel, in 2014, he is the founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate-change movement, and is a fellow at the Post-Carbon Institute.As a student at Harvard he was editor and president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper. Immediately after graduation he joined The New Yorker magazine as a staff writer and wrote much of the “Talk of the Town” column from 1982 to 1987.McKibben’s first book, The End of Nature, appeared in 1989 after being serialized in The New Yorker. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change and has been printed in more than 20 languages; he has gone on to write a dozen more books, among them Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (2007), which addresses what the author sees as shortcomings of the growth economy and envisions as a transition to more local-scale enterprise. McKibben won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000.The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Peace Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize. In 2009 Foreign Policy named him to its inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and Microsoft Network named him one of the dozen most influential men. The Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”
 McKibben writes frequently in a wide variety of publications including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern,  and his daughter in the mountains above Lake Champlain where he spends as much time as possible outdoors.In 2014, biologists honored him by naming a new species of woodland gnat— Megophthalmidia mckibbeni— in his honor.

1hr 27mins

2 Feb 2021

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It’s Not Science Fiction | by Bill McKibben | The New York Review of Books

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The prolific science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson, who is at heart an optimist, opens his newest novel, The Ministry for the Future, with a long https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2020/12/17/kim-stanley-robinson-not-science-fiction/


17 Jan 2021

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Conversations | 7 | Bill McKibben


The word crisis comes from the Greek krisis, meaning the turning point in a disease. Today on Threshold Conversations, we sit down with author, activist, and founder of 350.org Bill McKibben to talk about the dual crises of climate change and the coronavirus pandemic. If you enjoy this episode, please support our independent nonprofit journalism at thresholdpodcast.org/donate All donations through the end of the year will be doubled by NewsMatch. 


10 Nov 2020

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Star Trek: The Pod Directive

This week on Star Trek: The Pod Directive, Tawny and Paul meet up for a quick chat before Paul dives in solo with renowned environmentalist and professor Bill McKibben. From rainstorms and earthquakes on Risa to a quest to save two whales, Star Trek has always paid attention to issues of the environment, and McKibben has taken note. Together, Paul and Bill talk through issues of Global Warming, what makes environmentalism so crucial, and what Star Trek has done right that we can actually do and apply here in the real world.Remember to subscribe to Star Trek: The Pod Directive and, if you like what you hear, leave us an Apple review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


2 Nov 2020