Just four days before his 10/10/10 Global Work Party to combat climate change, Bill McKibben gave a free public lecture as part of Warren Wilson College’s Sustainability Speakers Series. Click
The presentation, in partnership with The Wilderness Society and Orion magazine, was titled, “The Most Important Number on Earth: From Appalachia to the Arctic, a Crisis and a Movement.” It attracted an overflow crowd to the Warren Wilson College Chapel, as many people listened outside on loudspeakers. McKibben also was on the WWC campus Oct. 7 for various meetings with students, faculty and staff.
McKibben and other event organizers are involving thousands of groups in nearly every country on Earth in projects on Oct. 10. The day’s goal, McKibben writes, “is not to solve the climate crisis one project at a time, but to send a pointed political message: If we can get to work, you can get to work too – on the legislation and the treaties that will make all our work easier in the long run.”
McKibben is co-founder and director of 350.org, a global climate-change initiative so named because scientists say that 350 parts per million is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Current concentrations of CO2 are steadily approaching 400 parts per million. The 10/10/10 event is being organized by McKibben and his colleagues at 350.org.
McKibben’s 13 books include “The End of Nature,” published in 1989 and considered the first book for a general audience on global warming. His most recent book is “Eaarth… Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.” He is the recipient of Guggenheim and Lyndhurst fellowships and the Lannan Prize in Nonfiction Writing.