Public opinion on global warming has dramatically shifted. Perhaps it was the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” or people finally feeling the heat. Eleven out of the dozen years from 1995-2006 were among the 12 hottest on record. A recent poll reveals 86% of respondents favored action to deal with the problem. An authoritative UN report in early April 2007 states, “Changes in climate are now affecting physical and biological systems on every continent.” And how is the president responding? A House committee reports, ” hundreds of instances in which a White House official,” who previously worked for the American Petroleum Institute, the main oil industry lobbying firm, “edited government climate reports to play up uncertainty of a human role in global warming or play down evidence of such a role.” The White House official is now working for ExxonMobil.
Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, is a leading environmental activist. He was one of the first to sound the alarm on climate change with his bestselling book The End of Nature. He is the author of The Age of Missing Information, Hope, Human and Wild, Deep Economy, Eaarth and The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and is the recipient of the Gandhi Peace Prize and the Right Livelihood Award. He is the founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 for action on climate justice.