Bill McKibben (2013)

Portrait of Bill McKibben, author and activist. photo ©Nancie BattagliaBill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, activist and the founder of the grassroots climate campaign, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. He is a frequent contributor to various magazines including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Rolling Stone, and Outside. He is also a board member and contributor to Grist Magazine. He has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships, and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000. He is currently a Scholar in Residence at Middlebury College.

Before receiving the GPA, completed  a 20-city “Do the Math” tour to build grassroots support for combating climate change. McKibben and are also calling for universities, colleges, and governments to divest themselves of oil and coal company assets.  In August of 2011 he made the Keystone XL pipeline a national issue by holding a two week protest that led to 1,253 arrests, which was the largest organized act of civil disobedience in decades.  In February 2013 50,000 people showed up in Washington D.C. because of to protest the pipeline and to bring attention to climate change.

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