Bill McKibben

Environmental activist and author discusses the movement to solve the climate crisis at The Progressive Forum on April 21, 2014, the Forum's closing night. He discussed his book, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future on April 28, 2008. Houston, Texas, Wortham Center.

SHORT. Empowerment by elders, getting arrested at White House, stepping up. 2:28

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Presentation 2014 part 1. In deepest trouble as a species. Rapid transformation possible. 22:47 

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Presentation 2014 part 2. Demonstrations around the world, roles for people. 24:52

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Farewell retrospective of past speakers, closing night. 5:41

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Farewell address of Randall Morton, closing night after nine years and 48 events. 3:07

Bill McKibben | April 21, 2014 | Wortham Center | The Progressive Forum


Widely acclaimed as the world's leading environmental activist, Bill McKibben is the cofounder of, which describes its mission as “building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis.” The organization has coordinated over 20,000 climate demonstrations in 188 countries. As a bestselling author, McKibben has written books that shaped public action on climate change, alternative energy, and the need for more localized economies. His seminal books include The End of Nature (2006), widely seen as the first book on climate change for a general audience, and Deep Economy (2008), a bold challenge to move beyond "growth" as the paramount economic ideal and to pursue prosperity in a more local direction—an idea that is the cornerstone of much sustainability discourse today. More recent books include Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (2011) and Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist (2013). McKibben is a contributor to several publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, and Rolling Stone. While a student at Harvard, McKibben was president of the school’s paper, the Harvard Crimson. He began his professional career as a staff writer at The New Yorker. He went on to write over a dozen books. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he lives with his wife and daughter. This past speaker page shares his podium presentation as well as the Q&A in both 2014 and 2008.

Thanks to 2014 associate presenter:
The Citizens League for Environmental Action Now (CLEAN)

Thanks to 2014 sponsor:
Texas Solar Outfitters

Thanks to 2008 sponsor: 
Terry Hershey

Thanks to videographer:
Gotham Image Works

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