Bill McKibben on Confronting Climate Change

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

These days, the effects of climate change come in all shapes and sizes.

In the past summer alone we’ve seen wildfires rage across Arizona and California, bee populations plummet and most recently, floodwaters rise to devastating heights in Colorado.

As with any complex problem, there is no one easy solution to the planet’s woes.

But environmentalist Bill McKibben may have found a working balance in his approach to fighting climate change.

It’s the subject of his new book, "Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist." "Oil and Honey" tells two parallel stories of what it means to confront our warming planet on both the local and global levels—from protecting a bee colony through the seasons, to fighting fossil fuels in our nation's capitol.

Bill McKibben is the co-founder of, a grassroots organization against global warming and pollution, and he joins The Takeaway to discuss the ways people are fighting for environmental change—and how these methods are different than they were 20 years ago.


Bill McKibben

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I am interested to see what happens after man leaves this planet:Whatever life forms remain, I'm sure they will all breathe a little easier and not have to work so hard to survive. Evolution might come to a standstill for a millennial minute.

Sep. 18 2013 12:58 PM

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