Right Livelihood Award: 2014 – Bill McKibben/350.org

Bill McKibben / 350.org (2014, USA)

“…for mobilising growing popular support in the USA and around the world for strong action to counter the threat of global climate change.”

Bill McKibben is one of the world’s leading environmentalists. He has been an influential author and educator for 30 years, and his 1989 book The End of Nature was one of the first-ever books written to inform a general audience about climate change. Over the last ten years he initiated and built the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. With the organisation 350.org at its core, this movement has spread awareness and mobilised political support for urgent action to mitigate the climate crisis that is already unfolding.

Career as environmental author

Bill McKibben was born on 8 December 1960 and graduated from Harvard University in 1982. McKibben worked as a staff writer for The New Yorker from 1982-87 and then went freelance. In 1989, he published The End of Nature, which has been considered to be the first book on global warming written for a general audience. The book became a bestseller and was published in more than 20 languages.

Wikipedia provides an overview of his subsequent writing: “His next book, The Age of Missing Information (…) is an account of an experiment in which McKibben collected everything that came across the 100 channels of cable TV (…) for a single day. He spent a year watching the 2,400 hours of videotape, and then compared it to a day spent on the mountaintop near his home. This book has been widely used in colleges and high schools. (…)

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