Mountainfilm’s 2023 Guest Director Bill McKibben is an author, activist and climate change thought leader. McKibben founded the first global grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which in recent years has focused on getting institutions of higher education to divest from fossil fuels. He is a contributing writer to The New Yorker and serves as the Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. His most recent project is Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 to work on climate and racial justice. In 2014 he was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel,’ in the Swedish Parliament. He's also won the Gandhi Peace Award, and has honorary degrees from 19 colleges and universities. McKibben first presented at Mountainfilm in 2009. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book about climate change for a general audience. His latest book is The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at his Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened. McKibben currently lives in Vermont and has long been a Mountainfilm hero and inspiration.
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