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: Jan 20, 2011, Source: YES! Magazine

If we are to somehow ward off the coming catastrophes, we have to figure out how to cooperatively own and protect the single most important feature of our planet.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The battle is getting desperate, the odds long, so it's time to pull out a big tool in the fight against global warming: art.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2010, Source:

The White House seems to have decided that solar panels on the roof would be ammo for Fox News: an association with Jimmy Carter that's the electoral equivalent of cooties.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2010, Source: YES! Magazine

We're going to have to build a movement much bigger than anything we've built before. That movement is our only real hope, and we need your help to plot its future.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2010, Source:

Fossil fuel is wrecking the one earth we've got. Polite suggestions won't get us anywhere.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2010, Source:

Has the President been transformed by the oil spill in the Gulf, or is he merely trying to ride out the public reaction?

Posted on: May 5, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Can the president seize this moment to move boldly on the biggest question facing the world: our endless addiction to fossil fuel.

Posted on: Apr 26, 2010, Source: Henry Holt

Access to cheap energy made us rich, wrecked our climate, and made us the first people on earth who had no practical need of our neighbors -- that has to change.

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.