Bill McKibben


Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7:30
Wortham Center, Cullen Theater

Associate Presenter: The Citizens League for Environmental Action Now (CLEAN)

Bill McKibben is cofounder of, which is “building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis.” The organization has coordinated over 20,000 climate demonstrations in over 188 countries and has led opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, which would connect high-carbon tar-sand oil to Houston refineries. Texas emits more green house gasses than any other state. As a bestselling author, McKibben has written books that have shaped public action on climate change, alternative energy, and the need for more sustainable economies. The End of Nature (2006) is widely seen as the first book on climate change for a general audience. At his first appearance at The Progressive Forum, McKibben discussed his book, Deep Economy (2008), a bold challenge to move towards more localized, sustainable models. More recent books include Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (2011) as well as Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist (2013). McKibben is a contributor to The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, and Rolling Stone, among others. He will sign books and greet fans at the end of the evening.

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Program starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Wortham Center, Cullen Theater, 500 Texas Avenue. Parking is available underground at the Wortham, entrances on Texas Avenue or Prairie Street.

Complimentary reception for the audience after the event in the grand foyer. Please join us for refreshments to celebrate the acheivements of The Progressive Forum.

For a map and directions or more information about parking, please visit the Wortham Center website.

Private patron reception with the speaker is at 6:15 p.m. in the green room for those purchasing $79 tickets and for Forum donors of $1,000 or more within the past 12 months.

The speaker leaves the green room reception at 6:45. As a courtesy to everyone in the receiving line, there is no book signing, autographing, or photography.

The speaker will sign books and welcome photographs in the grand foyer at the end of the evening. Books will be on sale throughout the evening by Blue Willow Bookshop.

Early light supper is available when doors open at Prairie Street lobby bar. Includes sandwiches, fruit, cheese plates, and desserts.

Full bar service at all locations when doors open.

Ticket prices are $19, $29, $39, $49, and $59. Besides regular tickets, a limited number of patron seats are available at $79 and include private patron reception with the speaker at 6:15 and center-front seating.

Discounts of 10% are available off all regular price levels except $79 patron level for students; educators including teachers and administrators at all levels; seniors 65 and older; and groups of 10 or more; valid ID required at the door.

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