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: Aug 21, 2017, Source: Yes! Magazine

What is a “just transition,” anyway? I asked Jacqueline Patterson, the director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program.

Posted on: Apr 17, 2017, Source: The Guardian

Donald Trump is a creep and unpleasant to look at, but at least he’s not a stunning hypocrite when it comes to climate change.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2016, Source:

We may have lost our best chance to combat climate change, McKibben says, but we must try to contain the damage.

Posted on: May 2, 2016, Source:

This isn't the first time right-wing operatives allied with the fossil fuel industry have targeted climate justice activists.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2016, Source: The Nation

Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate. They were wrong. Very wrong.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2016, Source: Tom Dispatch

Exxon’s never-ending big dig.

Posted on: Jan 19, 2016, Source: TomDispatch

The momentum of two centuries of fossil fuel development means new projects keep emerging in a zombie-like fashion.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2015, Source: Yale Environment 360

Keystone XL may have been rejected, but public pressure is still needed to force politicians to take the next critical climate actions.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2015, Source: The Guardian

The truth of Exxon’s complicity in global warming must to be told — how they knew about climate change decades ago but chose to help kill our planet.

Posted on: May 8, 2015, Source: Huffington Post

It could, if we set our minds to it, be the decade when the planet's use of fossil fuels peaks and then rapidly declines.

Posted on: May 1, 2015, Source: YES! Magazine

In his memoir, Gus Speth talks about his work to end climate change and why it's time for a new environmental movement.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2015, Source: Henry Holt

We are the first people on earth who have no practical need of our neighbors. That has to change.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2015, Source: The Guardian

"No one’s going to believe that any of these fights are impossible any more."

Posted on: Nov 12, 2014, Source: Huffington Post

President Obama is writing an IOU to be cashed by future presidents and Congresses.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

To an increasingly disillusioned environmental movement, blocking Keystone looks like Obama's last chance.

Posted on: Apr 7, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

We lack the decades needed for the Dems' positions to “evolve” along with the polling numbers.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2013, Source: TomDispatch

Unless we act fairly soon in response to the timetable set by physics, there’s not much reason to act at all.

Posted on: Oct 29, 2012, Source: Democracy Now!

Bill McKibben says we've got to put the fossil fuel industry front and center if we're going to avert catastrophe

Posted on: Sep 6, 2012, Source: Yale Environment 360

This summer has seen record heat waves and wildfires, the worst flooding in Beijing’s modern history, and droughts that devastated the U.S. corn crop and led India to set up “refugee camps” for livestock. These were not freak occurrences -- this is how the earth works now.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2012, Source:

We must stop subsidizing the fossil-fuel industry.