Green Living — July 7, 2010
Bill McKibben – Our New Eaarth
Bill McKibben recently appeared on the David Letterman show, Late Night. McKibben is the author of numerous books on global warming and environmentalism and has been talking about climate change since 1989. His most recent book, Eaarth, Making Life on a Tough New Planet, has just been released and the news isn’t good.
Since 2008, McKibben has led 350.org in a campaign to raise awareness of and draw political action to address the dangers of global warming and climate change. 350.org has organized some of the largest international actions for climate change in history, but Bill McKibben does not do this alone. Indeed, for the next campaign, possibly the most important yet, he needs your help.
McKibben stresses that his campaign is led by citizens and scientists. 350’s strategy, he explains, is that the organization does not want to call on the charisma of celebrities. Instead, he explains, “our rock star is physics, our glamour heartthrob is chemistry.” Science gives the organization its name and it motivates its actions.
“It’s time for scientists and ordinary citizens to come together to make their voices heard,” McKibben told his audience. Thanks to the distributed nature of new media, the ubiquity of the internet, at least some form of internet, around the world, and the influence of social networks, citizens have the power to organize and effect major change.
It’s no longer a matter of “calling for action from our leaders.” Instead, the members of 350.org are looking for “action effective enough to make a difference.” The Blue OK supports 350.org and more importantly agrees with McKibben that it is time for everyone, everywhere, all at once to act together to make a difference on a large scale. This all important collective action is brought to light by the World-Friend Adi Samraj, in his timely book, Not-Two Is Peace.
Since he first heralded our era of environmental collapse in the late 80's, Bill McKibben has raised a series of eloquent alarms. In his newest book, Eaarth, McKibben leads readers to the devastatingly comprehensive conclusion that we no longer inhabit the world in which we've flourished for most of human history: we've passed the tipping point for dramatic climate change, and even if we could stop emissions yesterday, our world will keep warming, triggering more extreme storms, droughts, and other erratic catastrophes, for centuries to come.