Bill McKibben: Social Distancing Goes Against Our Human Nature

Writer and activist Bill McKibben. Photo by Toby Talbot/AP, illustration by Emily Judem/WGBH News

By Hannah Uebele
March 20, 2020Boston Public Radio

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Environmentalist and journalist Bill McKibben spoke with Boston Public Radio on Friday about the eeriness of social distancing, in the midst of the COVID-19 spread.

“Basically the best thing we can do for the rest of the world, unless we happen to be a nurse or doctor, is to kind of disappear and make ourselves scarce so as not to aid in the transmission of this virus,” he said. “It’s contrary to our instinct, since as socially evolved animals we want to go to each others aid, to help those in distress.”

McKibben’s New Yorker Article, “With the Coronavirus, Hell Is No Other People,” published March 11, details the struggles of social distancing.

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