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Local And Global: Notes from the Frontlines of the Climate Fight

January 20, 2012
6:00 PM US EST
Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Westbrook Middle School

A reception will be held at 5 pm at the UNE Art Gallery

Lecturer

Bill McKibben
Author and Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College

Assigned Reading

Bill McKibben, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
(St. Martin's Griffin, 2011).

Topic

Bill McKibben will talk about how, facing the greatest problem humans have ever come across, we need to be able to work effectively both in our local communities to find new ways to power our lives, and in the largest national and global arenas to make sure that unchecked global warming doesn't defeat our best efforts. He will bring examples from his and his colleagues' work at 350.org in 189 countries, and from the mass civil disobedience he helped organize this summer in Washington, as well as from his own experiences on the ground in northern New England.

About Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. Time Magazine called him "the planet's best green journalist" and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country's most important environmentalist." McKibben is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges, including the Universities of Massachusetts and Maine, the State University of New York, and Whittier and Colgate Colleges. In 2011 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.