Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

The Hayward Sustainability Speaker Series is supported by a generous grant from Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation.

Heating Up: Reports from the Front Lines of the Climate Fight

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

Author. Educator. Environmentalist. Founder and Executive Director, 350.org

Event Information

Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Irvine Auditorium
Middlebury Institute of International Studies
499 Pierce Street, Monterey, 93940


About the Topic

Bill McKibben needs no introduction to the environmental community. The first author to bring the issue of climate change to the general public, Bill went on to co-found 350.org, the leading climate change advocacy organization in the world. He continues to lead the climate fight both at home and abroad. Bill will provide an update on the challenges ahead as the U.S. federal government is in the grips of the most anti-environmental administration in modern history.

About the Speaker

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.

The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”

A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books,National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors. In 2014, biologists honored him by naming a new species of woodland gnat—Megophthalmidia mckibbeni—in his honor.

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Lecture Location

The Irvine Auditorium is part of the McCone Building, located at 499 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA, 93940, on the campus of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Attendees will enter through the glass doors from Pierce street, and the auditorium is located just inside to the left. The Irvine/McCone Building are indicated as #16 on the campus map. Access the campus map.


Parking is available in any Middlebury Institute campus lot after 5pm or on the street (time limits on surrounding streets end at 6pm).


Contact Rachel Christopherson at the Center for the Blue Economy at cbe@miis.edu or 831-647-6615 x1.

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