Bill McKibben at FP Concord 1/18 7:30pm
The Climate Solutions Speaker Series Presents
“What Now? The Climate Fight at a Desperate Moment” Evening with Bill McKibben
Thursday, January 18, 7:30 – 9 PM (Doors open at 7)
First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Street Concord
Who is Bill McKibben?
We in ConcordCAN! have sometimes been surprised recently by this question about a man that all of us consider an icon of the climate movement. Called “the world’s most effective environmental activist” by author Tim Flannery, Bill McKibben is the person who in 2008 spoke to almost 500 people at Concord’s Trinitarian-Congregational Church, awakening us to the looming threat of global climate change and the need for a worldwide movement to combat that threat.
Bill McKibben founded 350.org, a worldwide group which, in 2009, organized a global day of action in advance of the Copenhagen Climate Conference. On that day, there were over 5200 simultaneous demonstrations in 161 countries calling for drastic cutbacks in the consumption of fossil fuels. One of these was at the Old North Bridge in Concord, attended by at least 500 people. Repeatedly, Bill inspires and organizes such demonstrations.
As a premiere American environmental activist, Bill is a prolific author, and a journalist who has written extensively on the current and future impact of global warming. He has authored sixteen books about climate change and the environment, beginning with “The End of Nature” in 1989, the first book about climate change written for a general audience. His personal activism has included civil disobedience aimed at stopping the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, for which went to jail for three days in 2011.
After being released from jail, Bill was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College; has been awarded the Gandhi Peace Award; and was named by Foreign Policy Magazine in 2009 as one of the most important global thinkers of that year.
There will be ample time, after he speaks, for interaction with the audience. This is a free public event, although donations are always very welcome, and will be used, in part, to support Bill’s work with 350.org.
Parking around First Parish in Concord is scarce. Unless you are handicapped or of limited mobility, please use public parking. Click on this link to access a map of the Concord Center area, which shows First Parish Church on Lexington Rd. and three public parking lots nearby. Parking may also be available along the streets, behind the stores directly across Main Street from the church.