Bill McKibben

Environmental, Science

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His 1989 book, The End of Nature, is regarded as the first book about climate change written for a general audience; it has appeared in 24 languages. McKibben has gone on to author a dozen more books, most recently Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance. He is a founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. has organized 20,000 rallies around the world in every country except North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. He was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize in 2014.

McKibben is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In addition, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize. He holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.” In 2014, biologists honored him by naming a new species of woodland gnat—Megophthalmidia mckibbeni—in his honor.

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. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain.

Book Review: Eaarth by Bill McKibben | review | Time
‘When the History of This Time Is Written’ | interview | Huffington Post
The People’s Climate March | interview | The New Yorker

Festival Years: 2018