Environmentalist Bill McKibben discusses the implications of President Trump’s environmental policies and participates in the Climate March in Washington DC.
Author, environmentalist, and 350.org founder discusses the perils of climate inaction as he attends the People’s Climate March.
By Rachel Selvin
“I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy and future,” the two-term mayor promised, responding to the President’s nonsensical quip that he “was elected by the voters of Pittsburgh, not Paris” (to clarify, Pittsburgh voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election).
Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben has been agitating against the coal, oil, and gas industries since well before the current White House turned away from climate scientists’ grave predictions. His 1989 study, The End Of Nature, resonates as a prescient warning against the disastrous effects of human technologies on the Earth, and his organization, 350.org, advocates for a 100% clean energy initiative spanning 188 countries worldwide.
Despite Trump’s surprising victory last year, McKibben isn’t giving up on the fight to protect our planet from looming environmental cataclysm — though with a Republican-controlled Congress, he has his work cut out.
While McKibben thinks that the math of climate change is no longer amenable to individual efforts, like recycling or conserving your water use, he’s still hopeful that grassroots activism could spur widespread change on the state level. For example: Writing a letter to your newspaper’s editor, holding small businesses accountable, supporting candidates who prioritize climate science, or even running for office yourself are just a few of the ways to get involved. And by working to make your local community a leader in environmentalism, we may be able to move the carbon needle, even from under the Trump administration.