Bill McKibben: Falter

WED, APR 17, 2019

Harvard Book Store welcomes celebrated environmentalist and author BILL McKIBBEN—founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement—for a discussion of his latest book, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? This event is co-sponsored by 350 Mass. Bill McKibben’s groundbreaking book The End of Nature—issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic—was the first book to alert us to global warming. But the danger is broader than that: 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 McKibben’s experience in building 350.org, the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change, it offers some possible ways out of the trap. We’re at a bleak moment in human history—and we’ll either confront that bleakness or watch the civilization our forebearers built slip away. Image: book cover

+ BIO: Bill McKibben

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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