Bill McKibben

Environmental champion Bill McKibben joins us on fracking, pipelines, and Mother Earth now.

Tom Ashbrook interviews environmental activist Bill McKibben at On Point Live at the Paramount Center in Boston, Mass. on June 14, 2012. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

Tom Ashbrook interviews environmental activist Bill McKibben at On Point Live at the Paramount Center in Boston, Mass. on June 14, 2012. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

Environmental champion Bill McKibben wrote nearly a quarter century ago about what he called “the end of nature.”  The untouched wild.  He didn’t think he was writing about the end of the world.  But the climate change path since then has been a scary one.  Bad to worse.

And McKibben has gone from writerly philosopher to full-on environmentalist to activist in handcuffs.  Political street fighter.  He was at the heart of the campaign to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.  Arrested at the gates of the White House.

This hour, On Point:  What next, with environmental champion, Bill McKibben.

-Tom Ashbrook


Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author. Co-founder of, an environmental group working to help solve the climate crisis. He’s the author of a number books, including Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.


From Tom’s Reading List

Wall Street Journal “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is considering giving the power to approve or deny high-volume hydraulic fracturing to individual communities on the Pennsylvania border, passing a decision on a fractious national issue to town boards and county legislators, said people familiar with the matter.”

The Telegraph “‘Where are the books? The poems? The plays? The goddamn operas?” So asked Bill McKibben, author and environmental campaigner, venting frustration at the   cultural failure to address climate change.”

The New York Times “Our plan has undergone well over three years of environmental review by numerous reputable federal and state agencies. The review was the most comprehensive process ever for a cross-border pipeline.”

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