Last July I was fortunate enough to hear Bill McKibben speak about his latest book Radio Free Vermont at the Paul Smith’s College VIC. Though that particular talk was regarding a book of fiction, the conversation quickly turned to climate change.
As the author of numerous books on the subject (notably The End of Nature), as well as founder of the international climate change organization 350.org, McKibben’s passion as an environmentalist and educator has seemed to come through with each word. I left the event wondering how I could help my children understand.
My daughter recently came home after a discussion with her biology teacher. There had been a class conversation about the belief in climate change. The teacher firmly stated that climate change is based on fact, not belief. It is not something to believe in – it just is. My daughter understands climate change, but no matter how I worded it to her, her teacher was the one able to give her words that cut out the mystery. Words that I continue to hear her use with her peers.
On Monday, January 14, Bill McKibben will be in Plattsburgh to present a community talk entitled “The Climate Fight: Reports from the Frontlines.” McKibben is expected to discuss the latest news about climate science, politics, and activism. The event is free, but donations are accepted at the door of Plattsburgh United Methodist Church, 127 Beekman Street. The program starts at 7 pm.
Photo of Bill McKibben provided by the author.