Author and Climate Change Activist Bill McKibben to Speak

The Nature Museum of Grafton, Vt., will host author and climate change activist, Bill McKibben, for an evening of education and inspiration at the Grafton (Vt.) Community Church on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. with tickets available at The Nature Museum website and at the door.

A former staff writer for the New Yorker, McKibben writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic and Rolling Stone. The Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist” and his activism and leadership have remained both focused and influential for over 30 years. He is currently deeply engaged in the national conversation, publishing articles and leading acts of civil disobedience and mass actions targeting financial institutions that invest in fossil fuels.

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. Since publishing the now classic, and widely credited with launching the movement against climate change, McKibben has been at the forefront of nearly every fight on behalf of the environment.

He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized 20,000 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. His efforts to increase awareness of the need to lower carbon emissions are recognized globally.

Vanessa Stern, executive director of The Nature Museum, was inspired to get in touch with Bill after reading his recent book.

“I’m not sure if I would have reached out to Bill if I hadn’t read in his newest book, ‘Falter,’ that if he had given up all hope with regard to climate change, he wouldn’t have bothered to write this book. … it’s imperative we get out to hear McKibben’s message and his call to action,” Stern said.

In his newest book, “Falter,” he continues to address this urgent mission, coupling it with a warning about trends including AI (artificial intelligence) and robotics. McKibben cites these trends, along with the ideologies that fuel them, as some that threaten to substantially alter the nature of human experience and possibly end civilization as we have known it.

“The last time I saw Bill McKibben speak, I was so impressed,” said Will Danforth, a Nature Museum board member, “not only by the volume of his facts and stories, but by

his professional demeanor — objective, and so articulate and compelling.”

According to Jay DeGregorio, senior environmental educator, “Bill is an important environmental agent of change whose work is more important now more than ever. It’s incredibly exciting that The Nature Museum is able to host an opportunity for the community to engage with Bill and his message. It’s people like Bill who inspire climate change learning and action on an impactful scale. We can all learn to be environmental agents of change from Bill.”

Tickets to this event are sliding scale from $15-$25 and are available on The Nature Museum website: naturemuseum.org.