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Bill McKibben discusses his memoir "Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist"




Bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben tells the personal and global story of the fight to build and preserve our planet.

This event will take place in the Weyerhaeuser Chapel, on the campus of Macalester College.


Bill McKibben is the author of more than a dozen books, including The End of Nature, Eaarth, and Deep Economy. He is the founder of the environmental organization He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize. He is not a person you'd expect to find handcuffed and behind bars, yet that's where he found himself in the summer of 2011 after leading the largest civil disobedience in thirty years, protesting the Keystone XL pipeline in front of the White House.

With the Arctic melting, the Midwest in drought, and Irene scouring the Atlantic, McKibben recognized that action was needed if solutions were to be found. Some of those would come at the local level, where McKibben joins forces with a Vermont beekeeper raising his hives as part of the growing trend toward local food. Other solutions would come from a much larger fight against the fossil-fuel industry as a whole.

Oil and Honey (available Sept 17) is Bill McKibben's account of these two necessary and mutually reinforcing sides of the global climate fight--from the center of the maelstrom and from the growing chorus of small-scale local answers. With empathy and passion he makes the case for a renewed commitment on both levels, telling the story of raising one year's honey crop and building a social movement that's still cresting.

"Oil and Honey reads like a tell-all from one of America's most astute eco-political leaders and essential writers. There are organizational secrets on how to launch a political campaign and build a movement, and why spreading local honey on morning toast matters. It is a personal field guide to climate activism with an honest accounting of the personal costs and blessings of engagement."--Terry Tempest Williams, author of When Women Were Birds

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Event date: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
38 S Snelling Ave
55105 Saint Paul
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ISBN: 9780805092844
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Published: Times Books - September 17th, 2013