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: 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.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2012, Source:

Telling the truth about climate change would require pulling away the biggest punchbowl in history. That's why the fight is so pitched.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2012, Source:

Here are the facts: The business models at the center of our economy are in the deepest possible conflict with physics and chemistry.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2012, Source:

2011's successful protests show how hope can change the system.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2011, Source:

Romney not only flip-flopped to the side of climate denial, but did so less than six months after he had said no less definitively that the world's getting warmer.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The American people spoke loudly about climate change and the president responded.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2011, Source:

Now that there is no real chance of political action in the next year or two, a real opportunity exists to build a powerful, angry movement, in the USA and around the world.

Posted on: Aug 25, 2011, Source:

After being arrested protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, activist Bill McKibben shares what he learned.

Posted on: Jul 27, 2011, Source: Huffington Post

If you sweated through last week's record heat, if you watched the Mississippi swallow your town -- then Tim DeChristopher acted for you.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2011, Source:

Unless we can convince Obama to say no to the tar sands pipeline, we're going to be igniting a massive carbon bomb.

Posted on: Jun 21, 2011, Source: AlterNet

It seems that Obama thinks global warming is a second-tier problem -- let's change his mind.

Posted on: Jun 2, 2011, Source:

It's time for Obama to say no to the fossil fuel wish list.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Praying for rain will be little help while Texas politicians work to deny global warming and prevent the changes that might actually deal with their troubles.

Posted on: Apr 18, 2011, Source: AlterNet

"We will never have as much money as the oil companies, so we need a different currency to work in. We need bodies, we need creativity, we need spirit."

Posted on: Apr 8, 2011, Source: AlterNet

We need to rebuild the kind of mass movement that marked 1970: bodies, passion, and creativity are the currencies we can compete in. It's not impossible.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2011, Source: The Guardian

We are remaking the world, and quickly; we are stumbling into a new way of thinking about disaster, where neither God nor nature, but man is to blame.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Though the Chamber claims to represent all of American business, their constituency is really that handful of huge dinosaur companies that would rather lobby than adapt.

Posted on: Mar 13, 2011, Source: GreenBiz

The Kochs are right up there now with the great plutocrats of American history, a 21st century version of the robber barons.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Tim DeChristopher took a brave and lonely stand; it's time to make sure that in the future bravery comes in bigger quantities.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2011, Source: AlterNet

After Glenn Beck calls McKibben's organization part of the "communistic" conspiracy, the writer and environmental activist does some soul searching.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2011, Source:

Money pollution is the single biggest reason that, as the planet swelters through the warmest years in history, we have yet to take any real action as a nation on global warming.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2011, Source: AlterNet

For two decades now we've been ignoring the impassioned pleas of scientists that our burning of fossil fuels was a bad idea. And now we're paying a heavy price.

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.