Stories by Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, the founder of, an international climate campaign, and the winner of the 2014 Right Livelihood Award. subscribe to Bill McKibben's feed

Posted on: Feb 26, 2010, Source:

As the backlash against climate science grows, the number of Americans who believe humans are to blame for warming the planet is shrinking.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Tim DeChristopher is facing 10 years in jail for a profound gesture made on behalf of all of us and our future. It's time to show our solidarity with him.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2009, Source:

Treating climate change as just another political problem may mean the end of civilization.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2009, Source: Yale Environment 360

The planet's climate scientists, bureaucrats, activists, skeptics and journalists will descend on Copenhagen for a fortnight of meeting, marching, denying and most of all spinning.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2009, Source:

If you poll Americans this time of year, far more regard the approaching holidays with dread than anticipation. How can we make Christmas worthwhile again?

Posted on: Oct 23, 2009, Source: Yes! Magazine and TruthDig

Bill McKibben believes we must reduce our carbon emissions immediately, or else face disaster. Chris Hedges says that until we defeat corporate power, we can't address anything.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2009, Source: Mother Jones

The political method has not worked so well. In fact it's lurching toward something between abject and embarrassing failure. Let's try something else.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2009, Source: Yale Environment 360

With thousands of big names and small gathering, the first massive protest of its kind against global warming will put the heat on DC.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2009, Source: AlterNet

There are moments in a nation's -- and a planet's -- history when it may be necessary for some to break the law in order to push for its correction.

Posted on: Nov 5, 2008, Source: Yale Environment 360

The bills are coming due. And not just from a failed Bush presidency, but from 200 years of burning fossil fuel.

Posted on: May 11, 2008, Source:

If we want to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed, we've got to cut CO2 emissions.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2008, Source: YES! Magazine

Either we build real community -- with mass transit and local food -- or we will go down clinging to the wreckage of our privatized society.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2007, Source:

It has long since become too busy, too expensive, too centered around acquiring that which we do not need.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2007, Source: Orion Magazine

Wasted heat, one of the country's largest potential sources of power, is pouring out of smokestacks every day.

Posted on: Oct 23, 2007, Source:

Three presidential candidates just got on board with the Step It Up campaign.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2007, Source: New York Review of Books

A review of controversial books on climate change and the environmental movement by Bjørn Lomborg and Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger.

Posted on: Oct 5, 2007, Source:

If you want to know where your congressperson stands on climate change, invite him/her to the Step It Up rally.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2007, Source:

Gather your neighbors and ask politicians to join Step It Up 2 and explain their stance on climate change.

Posted on: Aug 10, 2007, Source:

Circle Nov. 3, 2007, on your calendar: It's the next big date in the fight to get America to finally do something about climate change.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2007, Source:

It's official: Step It Up was a raging success, with 1,400 climate events around the U.S.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2007, Source: In These Times

On April 14, in the largest-ever demonstration against climate change, people around the country will call for the United States to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent. So invite your friends and join the party.

Posted on: Apr 10, 2007, Source:

America is faced with a crucial choice about our future. We can choose positive action this weekend by joining the biggest rally to fight climate change.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2007, Source:

The Supreme Court's decision this week that global warming is a problem the EPA can't ignore any longer should be an incentive for the rest of us to keep up the political pressure.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2007, Source:

Where does a new consensus come from? How does the zeitgeist suddenly start to shift?

Posted on: Mar 21, 2007, Source: Mother Jones

The formula of human well-being used to be simple: Make money, get happy. So why is the old axiom suddenly turning on us?

Posted on: Mar 15, 2007, Source:

How climate activists can put aside "business as usual" to win the race against time.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2007, Source:

Two of America's leading environmental writers join the protest movement against climate change.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2007, Source:

Understanding the power of the Internet for progressive organizing.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2007, Source:

People in the Midwest are learning that ethanol will not be enough to fight global warming.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2007, Source:

Musicians and artists add their voices to the fight against climate change.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2007, Source:

Americans start rallying around the idea of April 2007 climate demonstrations.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2007, Source:

As climate concern spreads, the Step It Up campaign is ready to seize the moment.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2007, Source:

Bush still isn't stepping up on climate, so we're going to do it ourselves.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2007, Source:

Introducing a brand-new, mass-protest climate movement for 2007.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2007, Source:

You know climate concern has gone mainstream when sororities get on board.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2006, Source: OnEarth Magazine

A review of author Jacques Leslie's new book, which lays bare the high environmental and social price that people in the developing world often pay for damming their rivers.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2006, Source: The New York Review of Books and TomDispatch

Several new books explore technological innovations and the need for radical lifestyle overhaul in the race against time to save the planet.

Posted on: Oct 3, 2006, Source: OnEarth Magazine

Evangelical Christians are increasingly part of the movement to protect God's green Earth.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2005, Source: Orion Magazine

Communities will -- hopefully -- stabilize after decreasing their dependence on the overstretched, oil-dependent supply lines that mark our globalized economy.

Posted on: Oct 24, 2005, Source: Prairie Writers Circle

It's time for the denial to end, but Washington is governed by a bipartisan consensus that somehow the laws of physics and chemistry don’t apply to us.