Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben, a well known environmental author and activist, is the founder of, an international climate change campaign. is named for the safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, 350 parts per million. This October 24, Bill and are coordinating an International Day of Climate Action to call for a strong climate treaty that meets the 350 target.

When he's not busy organizing, Bill is an active writer on the climate crisis and other environmental issues. His 1989 book The End of Nature was the first book to warn the general public about the threat of global warming. Bill is a frequent contributor to various magazines including The New York TimesThe Atlantic MonthlyHarper's,Orion MagazineMother JonesThe New York Review of BooksGrantaRolling Stone and Outside. He is also a board member and contributor to Grist Magazine. He has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships, and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000. He is currently a Scholar in Residence at Middlebury College and lives in Ripton, Vermont with his wife, author Sue Halpern and daughter Sophie. 

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Bill's been leading the fight against global warming for 20 years, since he wrote the first book for a general audience on the subject, The End of Nature in 1989. But, let's face it, taking on the climate crisis is going to take more than a few good books: it's going to take a movement.


On Sunday, Sept. 21, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in...

| September 8, 2014
A new set of studies show that President Obama's climate change strategy is starting to unravel even as it's...
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| July 11, 2014
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If you’re wondering how to react to the devastating news that the Antarctic is melting out of control: New York. If you’re scared like I am by the pictures of the fire and drought across the West: New York. If you’re feeling like it’s time to change the trajectory of this planet: we’ll see you in New York.

| May 21, 2014
We’re all going to get that chance Sept. 20 and Sept. 21, when the biggest demonstration in the history of...

| April 19, 2014
Yesterday’s Keystone XL news from DC is both important and murky. In brief, the...
President Obama has said that the building of the full pipeline would be approved only if “it doesn’t significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.” Photo credit:

| October 28, 2013
As the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline has worn on—and it’s now well over two years old...

| August 19, 2013
It’s true, too, in the battle where I’ve spent most of my life: the fight to slow climate change and hence give the planet some margin for survival ......

| August 13, 2013
For a few weeks we took the hottest stretch of the summer and turned it politically hot as well. A lot of people felt the pinch of handcuffs—myself included—but they...

| April 8, 2013
TOMDISPATCH — Bill McKibben: Still, let’s put things in perspective: Stonewall took place in 1969, and as of last week the Supreme Court was still trying to decide if gay...

| March 2, 2013
BILL MCKIBBEN — There are many climate problems a President can’t solve, but Keystone XL isn’t one of them. It’s a choice between Big Oil and a more sustainable planet...

| January 16, 2013
BILL MCKIBBEN — The choices that Native people make over the next few years will be crucial to the planet's future—and Idle No More is an awfully good sign that...

| January 6, 2013
TOMDISPATCH — We’re talking about a fight between human beings and physics. And physics is entirely uninterested in human timetables. Physics couldn't care less if ......

| November 29, 2012
As you might already know, one of the goals of this tour is to launch a new fossil fuel divestment campaign at colleges and universities across the country—it's a critical...