Bill McKibben: Falter

WED, APR 17, 2019 (56:07)

Bill McKibben discusses his book Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? Thirty years after McKibben released his groundbreaking book The End of Nature, the first book to alert us to global warming, he returns to evaluate the danger today: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience. Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control. And then, drawing on his experience in building 350.org , the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change, McKibben offers ways out of the trap. He warns us we’re at a bleak moment in human history—and we must confront that bleakness or watch civilization falter.

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Bill McKibben is the author of ten books, including The End of Nature, The Age of Missing Information, and Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age. McKibben’s book “Falter” draws upon McKibben’s years of experience in building 350.org, a global citizens movement to combat climate change, and provides some advice on possible ways out of the trap of conflicting interests that keep us from solving the climate crisis. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, McKibben writes regularly for Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Review of Books, among other publications. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and lives in Vermont. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

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