Bill McKibben

Schumann Distinguished Scholar, Middlebury College
Areas of Expertise:
  • Civic Engagement
  • Climate Change
  • Energy
  • Environment

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About Bill

McKibben’s writing focuses on climate change and its effects, and his civic involvement has centered on climate organizing. He founded, with seven undergraduates,, which has become the world’s largest grassroots climate campaign. In 2011 he led the organizing for what turned into the largest civil disobedience action in 30 years in the United States, protesting the Ketstone XL Oil Pipeline.



The End of Nature (Random House, 1989).
Examines the global environmental crisis. Generally regarded as the first book about global warming for a general audience.
Deep Economy (Times Books, 2007).
Presents an examination of the rise of local economies.
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (Times Books, 2010).
Offers an account of current research on climate change.

In the News

"Jerry Brown's Work to Seal His Climate Legacy is Only Half Done," Bill McKibben, Los Angeles Times, April 10, 2018.
"Vermont Town Seeks a Heart, and Soul (Also Milk and Eggs)," Bill McKibben, The New York Times, March 30, 2018.
Bill McKibben's research on Betty J. Cotter. Bill McKibben, "Review: Author Mines Current Political Morass for Pungent Satire," Providence Journal, February 1, 2018.
Bill McKibben quoted in Dan Atkinson and Chris Cassidy, "Officials in Wake of Coastal Surge: Build that Sea Wall" Boston Herald, January 5, 2018.
"Trump’s Stupid and Reckless Climate Decision," Bill McKibben, New York Times, June 1, 2017.
Bill McKibben quoted on climate change activism in Norris McDonald, "Will Bill McKibben Define our Energy Future?" The Hill, January 7, 2016.
"Falling Short on Climate in Paris," Bill McKibben, New York Times, December 13, 2015.
Bill McKibben's research on green energy sources discussed in Reverend Bill Pickard. Bill McKibben, "Fracking Violates Call to be Brother's Keeper," Scranton Times-Tribune, August 23, 2015.
"Being Carbon-foolish Cost CalPERS and CalSTRS $5 billion," Bill McKibben, Los Angeles Times, August 18, 2015.
Bill McKibben's research on founding and raising climate change awareness discussed in Raveena Aulakh. Bill McKibben, "Bill McKibben, a Soft-spoken Climate Warrior, Set to Lead Toronto March," The Star, July 4, 2015.
Bill McKibben quoted on the indifference with which Canada's conservative government has towards the environment in Charles Mandel, "Bill McKibben: 'Canada is an Obstructive and Dangerous Force upon the Planet'" National Observer, July 2, 2015.
Bill McKibben quoted on the Pope's climate change encyclical in Kevin O'Connor, "Bill McKibben Praises Pope, Prods Obama, Clinton" Vermont Digger, June 21, 2015.
Bill McKibben quoted on the obstacles to climate change policy in John Frary , "Bill McKibben Foresees Doom" Sun Journal, May 19, 2015.
"Fracking: Jerry Brown's Environmental Blind Spot," Bill McKibben, Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2015.
"Why the Planet is Happy That Bernie Sanders is Running for President," Bill McKibben, Huffington Post, April 30, 2015.
"Talking Climate Change with David Roberts (and My Mom)," Bill McKibben, Snow Sports Industries, April 22, 2015.
"This Decision Will Unlock Emissions Endgame," Bill McKibben, Outside Magazine, January 29, 2015.
Bill McKibben quoted on the impact of the People's Climate March in Jennifer Hadden, "Protests Shape Policy by Shaping Protesters" The Washington Post, December 11, 2014.
"The People's Climate March: An Interview with Bill McKibben," Bill McKibben, Interview with Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, September 20, 2014.
"News of the World," Bill McKibben, The Dish, August 25, 2014.
"Bill McKibben's Graph of the Year: We're Extracting More Fossil Fuels than Ever," Bill McKibben, Wonkblog, Washington Post, December 26, 2013.
"The Next Step in the Divestment Fight," Bill McKibben, Daily Beast, September 21, 2013.
Bill McKibben quoted on campus divestment campaigns, "A New Divestment Focus: Fossil Fuels" New York Times, September 5, 2013.
Bill McKibben quoted on the divestment movement, "United Church of Christ is First National Church Group to Divest from Fossil Fuel Investments" Washington Post, July 3, 2013.
"Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math," Bill McKibben, Rolling Stone, July 19, 2012.
"Turning Colleges’ Partners into Pariahs," Bill McKibben, Room for Debate, New York Times, January 27, 2013.