About Bill McKibben
Environmental activist and best-selling author Bill McKibben has published a dozen books, frequently writing about global warming, alternative energy and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. His first book, The End of Nature, is regarded as the first book about climate change written for a general audience and is printed in more than 20 languages. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he also writes regularly for Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Review of Books, among other publications. He is currently a scholar in residence in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont.
McKibben is also known for his activism. In 2006, he helped lead a five-day walk across Vermont to demand action on global warming that some newspapers called the largest demonstration to date in America about climate change. In 2007 he founded stepitup07.org to demand that Congress enact curbs on carbon emissions that would cut global warming pollution 80 percent by 2050. With six college students, he organized 1400 global warming demonstrations across all 50 states of America on April 14, 2007 that was described as the largest day of protest about climate change in the nation's history.
Following Step It Up's achievements, the same team began a new campaign in 2008 called 350.org. The effort, aimed at the entire globe, took the name from climate scientist's James Hansen's contention that any atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide above 350 parts per million was unsafe. With organizers in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, the group is spreading the 350 number in preparation for the international climate meetings set for December 2009 in Copenhagen.
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