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“If there’s horrible flooding in Pakistan or a horrible heat wave in Texas, we’re no longer able to call it an act of God, or a natural disaster, or something like that, the way we could have through all of human history until 35 or 40 years ago.”

 

Bill McKibben

“By themselves, they are not enough; we also need to engage in political action.”

 

Bill McKibben

“[Political actions] has to happen on the local and state level; we have to convince our cities to join the growing number of more than 200 American cities who have signed on to the mayor’s climate campaign.”

 

Bill McKibben

“We have to get our states to adopt what are called “renewable portfolio standards” pledging to use a lot of renewable energy by 2015 or 2020. We have to work with businesses and shops to get them engaged in the same way.”

 

Bill McKibben

“We also have to engage – and I think this is important – in national politics because there is no way to address questions of this scale in the short time that we have to address them without engaging in real political change.”

 

Bill McKibben

“Everybody was cratered after Copenhagen. If the movie had worked the way that it should have, if it had been scripted by Holywood, the world would have come together and addressed the biggest problem it ever had faced and delegates would have embraced each other, and it all would have been a good happy scene instead of the complete farce and debacle that it turned into – maybe in certain ways, an absolute low point for human diplomacy.”

 

Bill McKibben

“We have to transition to new technologies, making it more expensive to continue with the old and polluting technologies and cheaper to go to the clean ones.”

 

Bill McKibben

“[The Maldives] they’ve become deeply politically engaged – just for instance, the president taught his whole cabinet to scuba dive so they could hold an underwater cabinet meeting along their dying coral reef and pass a 350 resolution to send to the U.N.”

 

Bill McKibben

“From some tiny portion of the wealth the west accumulated in a hundred years of filling the atmosphere with carbon.”

 

Bill McKibben

“I think we need to go straight at the fossil fuel industry.”

 

Bill McKibben

“I think that so far the political and economic power of the fossil fuel industry has trumped all else.”

 

Bill McKibben

“I think that some of it is electoral – helping candidates that are willing to take dramatic actions, not just to say a few words about how climate change might be a problem.”

 

Bill McKibben

“Policies that engage us again in the international fight for real climate protection.”

 

Bill McKibben

“We’re going to need that kind of movement, because the fossil fuel industry is a sprawling adversary – at work everywhere, its tentacles in everybody’s politics, invulnerable, I think, to direct frontal assault, but probably more brittle than it guesses if we come at it from all sides.”

 

Bill McKibben

“Especially in recent years, the more and more we understand what we are doing, the more we have the science to tell us what we’re doing, the fact that we continue to do it without taking steps to address it strikes me as, among many other things, irreverent in an extreme.”

 

Bill McKibben

“There’s no huge mystery. If you dig up huge amounts of carbon, huge amounts of ancient biology, hundreds of millions of year’s worth of ancient biology, and flush it into the atmosphere in a matter of decades, then it stands to reason that we’re going to have enormous effects, and now we can see those effects all around us.”

 

Bill McKibben

“I do a certain amount of work in religious communities on these issues. It’s not the central focus of my work but it is certainly an area where I have worked a lot. It has gotten much better over the years, especially over the last couple years. There wasn’t a religious environmental movement 15 years ago, but there is now – in the Catholic community, the Jewish community, the mainline Protestant community, and in the Evangelical community.”

 

Bill McKibben

“Scientists are telling us that 350 parts per million [of carbon] in the atmosphere is the upper limit. We’re at 387 parts per million now, and we’re up in that zone where the risk of going past irrevocable tipping points is elevated. It’s no different than going to a doctor and learning your cholesterol is too high, and you’re at risk for a heart attack. You have to work to lower your cholesterol and hope to get there before the heart attack comes.”

 

Bill McKibben

“Pat Robertson had decided that global warming was real and we need to do something about it struck me as powerful evidence that the Holy Spirit is hard at work in this question.”

 

Bill McKibben

“With each month that passes, a solar panel gets 2 or 3 percent cheaper. So while we’re holding the fossil fuel industry in check, the engineers in the renewable energy world are undercutting them from the other side.”

 

Bill McKibben