The Caroline Werner Gannett Project 2007-08
Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

Environmental Writer, Educator, Activist. Scholar-in-Residence at Middlebury College
Author of Deep Economy, official reading for RIT's first year students


“Uniting Global and Local”

When: Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.,
Where: Ingle Auditoriuim (SAU)
Co-sponsored by the Joan Rothenberg Family Foundation

Colloquium on Bill McKibben

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 2:00-4:00 p.m.,
Where: Golisano Auditorium (Building 70)

Q&A on Deep Economy

When: Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 3:00 p.m.,
Where: Golisano Auditorium (Building 70)

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"I'll talk about my work with the largest of global issues and the smallest of local economies, and how these two are intimately related."—Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben has been writing for over 25 years about global warming, alternative energy and the risks related to human genetic engineering. From his pioneering 1989 The End of Nature, to his global look at “people living more lightly on earth” (Hope, Human and Wild), McKibben’s messages convey both the seriousness of our past actions and a hope for future community activism. Deep Economy is the first-year reading for all RIT freshmen. This recent work focuses on the current economic practices that fuel our society’s unsustainable goals of “More” and “Better,” but often leave us unsatisfied. His proposal to look closer to home and rediscover the power of local economies offers thought-provoking examples of how we can adapt a more satisfying, healthier, and sustainable lifestyle.

A legendary activist, McKibben led a 5-day walk across Vermont (Summer, 2006) to demand action on global warming. On April 14, 2007, with 6 college students, he organized 1400 global warming demonstrations in 50 states. In January 2007 he founded to demand that Congress enact curbs on carbon emissions, which led to Fight Global Warming Now, an activist manual for initiating environmental change. Project 350 reflects his recent international campaign to unite the world around the “red line” number required to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

President of the Harvard Crimson newspaper in college, staff writer for the New Yorker (“Talk of the Town”), McKibben has held Guggenheim and Lyndhurst fellowships. In 2000, he won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing.

Links: The End of Nature  Hope, Human and Wild  Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age   Fight Global Warming Now (The Handbook for Taking Action in Your Community)   Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future The Bill McKibben Reader