Environmentalist Bill McKibben to Speak at Fall for the Book

Posted: September 8, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: September 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm

As part of the Fall for the Book festival, environmental author and climate change activist Bill McKibben will speak on Monday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 a.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall (south) on the Fairfax Campus.

This event is free and open to the public.

In 1989, McKibben wrote “The End of Nature,” one of the first books on climate change for a general audience. In the two decades since, he has published 10 more books and has become one of the most influential environmental writers today.

McKibben is also the director of 350.org, an international campaign that is building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis. Last year, 350.org coordinated an international day of climate actions that CNN called “the most widespread day of political action in the planet’s history.”

For his Mason appearance, McKibben will discuss his new book, “Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.” He will also preview 350.org’s next big day of actions, a “global work party” on Oct. 10.

Sponsors for this event are the English Department; Environmental Action Group; Environmental Science and Policy Department; New Century College; Office of Sustainability; Students Against World Hunger; and University Life.

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