4th Tuesday of the Month,
7PM (Eastern) | 4PM (Pacific)
*this call will be 75 minutes long
The Power of the People—Mobilizing for Climate Action with Bill McKibben and Youth Organizer Helen Mancini
Longtime climate activist Bill McKibben, youth organizer Helen Mancini, and a number of Elders who attended the “March to End Fossil Fuels” mass mobilization in NYC will join the National Call to discuss the impacts of the mobilization, the outcomes of the UN Climate Ambition and look toward what comes next.
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Bill McKibben is founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 for action on climate and justice.
His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He’s gone on to write 20 books, and his work appears regularly in periodicals from the New Yorker to Rolling Stone. He serves as the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he has won the Gandhi Peace Prize as well as honorary degrees from 20 colleges and universities. He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes called the alternative Nobel, in the Swedish Parliament. Foreign Policy named him to its inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers.
McKibben helped found 350.org, the first global grassroots climate campaign, which has organized protests on every continent, including Antarctica, for climate action. He played a leading role in launching the opposition to big oil pipeline projects like Keystone XL, and the fossil fuel divestment campaign, which has become the biggest anti-corporate campaign in history, with endowments worth more than $40 trillion stepping back from oil, gas and coal. He stepped down as board chair of 350 in 2015, and left the board and stepped down from his volunteer role as senior adviser in 2020, accepting emeritus status. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors. In 2014, biologists credited his career by naming a new species of woodland gnat—Megophthalmidia mckibbeni–in his honor.
Helen Mancini is a 16 year old climate and social justice organizer with Fridays For Future NYC. She has been a lead organizer of 3 global school strikes and many local actions while continuing to protest outside city hall every Friday. She is currently leading youth turnout and part of the core-organizing team for the September 17th March To End Fossil Fuels.