LUCSUS is excited to announce that Bill McKibben, leading environmentalist, founder of 350.org, and joint recipient of this year’s Right Livelihood Award (popularly seen as the ‘alternative Nobel Prize’), will give a public lecture, entitled The climate fight: Notes from the front lines at Lund University on December 2nd, from 18:00-20:00 in Edens Hörsal.
Bill McKibben’s visit happens at an exciting time for the global movement for climate change action, of which he can be counted as one of the founding fathers. The movement is moving, buoyed by the atmosphere of the recent 350.org initiated ‘People’s Climate March’ and propelled by the growing number of organisations divesting from fossil fuels – the Rockfeller Foundation and Second AB Fund, one of Sweden’s national pension funds, are two recent converts to the cause.
But such successes have been hard won by the efforts of people like Bill McKibben. For a long time active as an environmental writer and activist, he literally wrote the book on climate change, at least one of the very first to reach a public audience. The title of the book, The End of Nature published in 1989, bears a solemn message, reminding us that these victories, though important, are as but steps on the longer road: the potential impacts of the problem we face are cataclysmic. Driven on by the enormity of the task at hand, McKibben was inspired to reach an even greater audience, to contribute to a truly global grass-roots movement, when he started the 350.org campaign in 2008. Though this target (350ppm of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere) has been passed the struggle continues, as evidenced by the hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets on September 21st to show solidarity in the demand for action.
Bill McKibben, California born, Harvard educated, professor at Warren Wilson College, has published a dozen or so popular books on the environment, is the recipient of a number of international prizes for his environmentalism, and has participated in countless protests and demonstrations, even spending time in jail for his protest against the Keystone XL pipeline in 2011 in the US. He comes to Lund to share with us the experience he has gathered in his decades long struggle for a safe climate.