Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist.  In 1988 he wrote The End of Nature, the first book for a common audience about global warming.  He is a co-founder and Senior Advisor at, an international climate campaign that works in 188 countries around the world.

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Bill McKibben’s Biography


Editorials, Op-Eds, and Interviews

Bill McKibben’s Biography

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.

The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”

A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of BooksNational Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors . In 2014, biologists honored him by naming a new species of woodland gnat— Megophthalmidia mckibbeni–in his honor.

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Selected Interviews

Feb 7, 2014, Bill Moyers:  Bill McKibben to Obama: Say No to Big Oil

Oct 30, 2013, Open Democracy:  Time for the Climate Movement to Get on the Front Foot

Oct 2, 2013, Morning Joe:  One Man’s Journey from Writer to Activist

Sept 18, 2013, Democracy Now!:  Obama Can Salvage His Climate Legacy by Rejecting Keystone XL Pipeline

Dec 30, 2012, NPR:  2013: A Tipping Year for Climate Change?

Nov 29, 2012, Huffington Post:  Bill McKibben on Divestment From Fossil Fuels

Oct 29, 2012, Salon:  Bill McKibben does the Sandy Math

June 27, 2012, Democracy Now!:  Bill McKibben of on Colorado Wildfires, Debby, Keystone XL and the Failure of Rio+20

Apr 17, 2012, Truthout:  The Climate Movement Takes On Fracking: Interview with Bill McKibben

Nov 14, 2011, Colbert Report:  The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Aug 17, 2010Triple Pundit Talks to Bill McKibben

Aug 5, 2010Speaking of Faith:  Bill McKibben, the Moral Math of Climate Change

June 7, 2010, NPR:  Environmentalists to Obama ‘Seize the Moment,’ an interview with Bill McKibben

May 26, 2010, PRI: The Take Away, Gulf Coast Oil Spill: Just a Reminder, an interview with Bill McKibben

Apr 30, 2010, Bill McKibben on NPR’s On Point

Apr 15, 2010, Bill McKibben on Democracy Now

Apr 13, 2010, Bill McKibben on MarketPlace

Aug 17, 2009, Bill McKibben on the Colbert Report