There is an urgent need to stop subsidizing the fossil fuel industry, dramatically reduce wasted energy, and significantly shift our power supplies from oil, coal, and natural gas to wind, solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy sources.

— Bill McKibben

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The movers and shakers on our planet, aren't the billionaires and generals, they are the incredible numbers of people around the world filled with love for neighbor and for the earth who are resisting, remaking, restoring, renewing and revitalising.

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In fact, corporations are the infants of our society - they know very little except how to grow (though they're very good at that), and they howl when you set limits. Socializing them is the work of politics. It's about time we took it up again.

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In 50 years, no one will care about the fiscal cliff or the Euro crisis.

They'll just ask, "So the Arctic melted, and then what did you do?"

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Global warming is no longer a philosophical threat, no longer a future threat, no longer a threat at all. It's our reality.

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Advent: the time to listen for footsteps - you can't hear footsteps when you're running yourself.

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We've been given a warning by science, and a wake-up call by nature;

it is up to us now to heed them.

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If we all used clotheslines, we could save 30 million tons of coal a year, or shut down 15 nuclear power plants. And you don't have to wait to start. Yours could be up by this afternoon. To be specific, buy 50 feet of clothesline and a $3 bag of clothespins and become a solar energy pioneer.

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The real negotiation is between humans on the one hand and chemistry and physics on the other. And chemistry and physics, unfortunately, don't bargain.

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We can either save the planet from catastrophic warming, or protect fossil fuel CEOs. Not both. Do the math(s)

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We are altering the most basic forces of the planet's surface - the content of the sunlight, the temperature and aridity - and that brings out the most powerful questions about who is in charge. If you wanted to give a name to this theological problem, I think you could say that we are engaged in decreation.

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There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.

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The laws of Congress and the laws of physics have grown increasingly divergent, and the laws of physics are not likely to yield.

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About Bill McKibben

Quotes 238 sayings
Profession Environmentalist
Birthday December 8, 1960

Human beings any one of us, and our species as a whole are not all-important, not at the center of the world. That is the one essential piece of information, the one great secret, offered by any encounter with the woods or the mountains or the ocean or any wilderness or chunk of nature or patch of night sky.

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My goal was to have as many of the primary sources as I could made available for people to look at and understand. Climate change is probably the most important thing that's ever happened, and yet people's understanding of it and its history remains a little fuzzy.

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A world where one tenth of the population gets to be extremely wealthy, and six tenths very poor, is not, in the long run, a stable place.

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We're clearly not going to stop global warming at this point.

We've already raised the temperature of the planet one degree. We've got another degree in the pipeline from carbon we've already emitted. What we're talking about now is whether we're going to have a difficult, difficult century, or an impossible one.

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We have built a greenhouse, a human greenhouse, where once there bloomed a sweet and wild garden.

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There is a tendency at every important but difficult crossroad to pretend that it's not really there.

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A third of summer sea ice in the Arctic is gone, the oceans are 30 percent more acidic, and since warm air holds more water vapor than cold, the atmosphere over the oceans is a shocking five percent wetter, loading the dice for devastating floods.

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A voluntary simplification of life-styles is not beyond our abilities, but it is probably outside our desires.

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There's no happy ending where we prevent climate change any more.

Now the question is, is it going to be a miserable century or an impossible one, and what comes after that.

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I can't tell how moving it is to open my email and see a picture of 1,500 Buddhist monks and nuns in the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh forming a human 350 against the backdrop of the melting glaciers. This is not their fault, and yet they're stepping up to be part of the solution.

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what sets wilderness apart in the modern day is not that it's dangerous (it's almost certainly safer than any town or road) or that it's solitary (you can, so they say, be alone in a crowded room) or full of exotic animals (there are more at the zoo). it's that five miles out in the woods you can't buy anything.

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For the first time in 150 years, the USDA reported there were more farms in America, not fewer. That has to make you happy.

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everyone knows, at some level, that the sharp line between "good weather" and "bad weather" is a fiction, that we need rain as surely as we need sun.

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When you are in a hole, stop digging!

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The roof of my house is covered in solar panels. When Im home, Im a pretty green fellow.

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But tolerance by itself can be a cover for moral laziness.

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I think fracking for gas will reduce the incentive to turn to renewables, and I think it will do a lot of other damage across the countryside.

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I've always been opposed to population control.

In climate terms, population is not the biggest problem going forward.

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Community is as endangered by surplus as it is by deficit.

If there is too much money floating around it enables people to have no need of each other.

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After a lifetime of nature shows and magazine photos, we arrive at the woods conditioned to expect splendor - surprised when the parking lot does not contain a snarl of animals attractively mating and killing each other.

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If we continue to think of ourselves mostly as consumers, it's going to be very hard to bring our environmental troubles under control. But it's also going to be very hard to live the rounded and joyful lives that could be ours. This is a subversive volume in all the best ways!

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The Arctic and the Antarctic are melting quickly.

We may have waited too long to get started. But this is a day for optimism because the battle is fully joined, and the idea that big oil is unbeatable is no longer true.

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The real tight interface is between the book and the reader-the world of the book is plugged right into your brain, never mind the [virtual reality] bodysuit.

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TV is sometimes accused of encouraging fantasies.

Its real problem, though, is that it encourages-enforces, almost-a brute realism. It is anti-Utopian in the extreme. We're discouraged from thinking that, except for a few new products, there might be a better way of doing things.

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Warm air holds more water vapor than cold, and so the atmosphere is about 4% wetter than it was 40 years ago. This loads the dice for flood and drought, and we're seeing both in stunning abundance.

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You can have a healthy fossil-fuel balance sheet, or a relatively healthy planet

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We've built a new Earth. It's not as nice as the old one; it's the greatest mistake humans have ever made, one that we will pay for literally forever.

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Without a movement pressing for change, there's little hope.

We've got to work the political system to make this happen fast. The physics and chemistry are daunting. The resources on the other side are very large.

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All things considered, the internet seems fairly environmentally benign to me.

The last stats I saw showed you could do 1,000 Google searches for the gas it took to drive six-tenths of a mile. But the internet can't substitute for real connection and community.

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In the States we've had by far the largest demonstrations in the last few years.

The largest civil disobedience actions about anything in US history in the last 30 years have all been centred around the climate.

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We'll look for almost any reason not to change our attitudes;

the inertia of the established order is powerful. If we can think of a plausible, or even implausible, reason to discount environmental warnings, we will.

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Most of the men and women who vote in Congress each year to continue subsidies have taken campaign donations from big energy companies.

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According to new research emerging from many quarters that our continued devotion to growth above all is, on balance, making our lives worse, both collectively and individually

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Spend 70% of your spare time doing things close to home and the other 30% doing work at the global and national level.

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Colonialism of one kind or another, imperialism of one kind or another, and slavery, and on and on and on.

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If it's wrong to wreck the planet, it's wrong to profit from the wreckage.

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Alone among businesses, the fossil-fuel industry is allowed to dump its main waste, carbon dioxide, for free.

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