Bill McKibben to speak at Ithaca College on November 11

burns michael at
Mon Nov 8 13:27:39 EST 2010

From: Marian Brown <mbrown at>

ITHACA, NY — One of the nation’s leading environmentalists, whose  
books have shaped public perception — and public action — on climate  
change, alternative energy and the need for more localized economies,  
will speak at Ithaca College on Thursday, Nov. 11. Bill McKibben will  
present “From Walden to Warming: Global, Local, and the Meaning of  
Thoreau in a Scary Moment” at 8 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall.  
His talk is free and open to the public.

McKibben’s appearance is sponsored by the college’s First-Year Reading  
Initiative (FYRI). He wrote the introduction to the 2004 edition of  
Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden,” which was this year’s FYRI selection.  
Following his talk, McKibben will sign copies of his own latest book —  
“Eaarth” — which is spelled that way because, he says, “We’ve already  
managed to change the planet in such fundamental ways that it’s not  
really the planet we thought we knew.”

McKibben founded the international environmental organization,  
which takes its name from the latest scientific data indicating that  
350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the safe  
upper limit. On Oct. 10, 2010 (10/10/10), the group organized a global  
day of action, with some 7,000 “work parties” in 188 countries taking  
concrete actions to help combat climate change.

“Foreign Policy” magazine included McKibben on its inaugural list of  
the 100 most important global thinkers, with “Time” magazine  
describing him as “the world’s best green journalist.” His seminal  
books include “The End of Nature,” widely seen as the first book on  
climate change for a general audience, and “Deep Economy: The Wealth  
of Communities and the Durable Future,” which issues a challenge to  
move beyond “growth” as the paramount economic ideal.

McKibben has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships and won  
the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000. He is a scholar in  
residence at Middlebury College.

“Eaarth,” “The End of Nature” and “Deep Economy” will all be available  
for purchase at the book signing.

For more information on McKibben, visit  
For more information on the First-Year Reading Initiative, visit 

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