In early May of this year, we learned that we’ve reached the frightening benchmark in human history of 400ppm of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere. This goes beyond the tipping point of 350ppm that Bill McKibben has been warning about for years. It seems timely to revisit Bill’s plenary talk at the 2012 Bioneers Conference, The Climate Fight Gets Hotter.
Bill offers up not only a warning to us all to get more serious about our involvement in the climate movement, but gives a shot of optimism that we’re not alone, that we have a wide, diverse and beautiful beloved international community committed to healing our planet.
“Power doesn’t yield easily; if it did we would have won this fight long ago. I don’t know if we’re going to win this fight, but I know we’re going to fight. I’m a connoisseur of gloomy statistics, but… when I look at people all over the world now engaged in this fight, some part of me really likes our odds.” – Bill McKibben
To learn more about Bill’s contributions to the larger movement for justice, please visit www.350.org.
Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, is arguably the U.S.’ most important current environmental activist. The award-winning author of a dozen seminal books, including The End of Nature (1989), the first book for a general audience about global warming, he is the Co-Founder of the highly effective global climate campaign 350.org.