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Bill McKibben Quote: “Vermont breweries are symbols of everything that’s right and good about a free local economy, where neighbors make things for neighbors – and so they actually bother to give them some taste, body, and character.”

Vermont breweries are symbols of everything that’s right and good about a free local economy, where neighbors make things for neighbors – and so they actually bother to give them some taste, body, and character.

— Bill McKibben



Bill McKibben Quote: “We’ll look for almost any reason not to change our attitudes; the inertia of the established order is powerful. If we can think of a plausible, or even implausible, reason to discount environmental warnings, we will.”

We’ll look for almost any reason not to change our attitudes; the inertia of the established order is powerful. If we can think of a plausible, or even implausible, reason to discount environmental warnings, we will.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “Without a movement pressing for change, there’s little hope. We’ve got to work the political system to make this happen fast. The physics and chemistry are daunting. The resources on the other side are very large.”

Without a movement pressing for change, there’s little hope. We’ve got to work the political system to make this happen fast. The physics and chemistry are daunting. The resources on the other side are very large.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “In fact, there are half as many wild animals on the planet as there were in 1970, an awesome and mostly unnoticed silencing.”

In fact, there are half as many wild animals on the planet as there were in 1970, an awesome and mostly unnoticed silencing.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “There are times when I can almost feel myself simply being.”

There are times when I can almost feel myself simply being.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “After a lifetime of nature shows and magazine photos, we arrive at the woods conditioned to expect splendor – surprised when the parking lot does not contain a snarl of animals attractively mating and killing each other.”

After a lifetime of nature shows and magazine photos, we arrive at the woods conditioned to expect splendor – surprised when the parking lot does not contain a snarl of animals attractively mating and killing each other.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “Don’t be so sure that your version of reality is better because it’s newer.”

Don’t be so sure that your version of reality is better because it’s newer.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “A voluntary simplification of life-styles is not beyond our abilities, but it is probably outside our desires.”

A voluntary simplification of life-styles is not beyond our abilities, but it is probably outside our desires.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “Last year, the USDA said for the first time in 150 years that there were more farms in America instead of fewer. I think that’s the single most hopeful statistic I know.”

Last year, the USDA said for the first time in 150 years that there were more farms in America instead of fewer. I think that’s the single most hopeful statistic I know.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “But knowing that moose had returned to Vermont in his lifetime pleased him enormously. It was the idea that things repaired themselves, that if you backed off a little and didn’t ask too much of the world then it would meet you halfway.”

But knowing that moose had returned to Vermont in his lifetime pleased him enormously. It was the idea that things repaired themselves, that if you backed off a little and didn’t ask too much of the world then it would meet you halfway.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “What makes us different? We’re the creature that can decide not to do something that we are capable of doing.”

What makes us different? We’re the creature that can decide not to do something that we are capable of doing.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “It ensured that I’d never think that patriotism and dissent were opposites.”

It ensured that I’d never think that patriotism and dissent were opposites.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “The snow was coming down so hard. It looked like the flakes were hurrying to get out of the sky so the next ones would have room to fall.”

The snow was coming down so hard. It looked like the flakes were hurrying to get out of the sky so the next ones would have room to fall.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “Community is as endangered by surplus as it is by deficit. If there is too much money floating around it enables people to have no need of each other.”

Community is as endangered by surplus as it is by deficit. If there is too much money floating around it enables people to have no need of each other.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “Put simply, between ecological destruction and technological hubris, the human experiment is now in question.”

Put simply, between ecological destruction and technological hubris, the human experiment is now in question.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “A writer doesn’t owe a reader hope – the only obligation is honesty...”

A writer doesn’t owe a reader hope – the only obligation is honesty...

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “My goal was to have as many of the primary sources as I could made available for people to look at and understand. Climate change is probably the most important thing that’s ever happened, and yet people’s understanding of it and its history remains a little fuzzy.”

My goal was to have as many of the primary sources as I could made available for people to look at and understand. Climate change is probably the most important thing that’s ever happened, and yet people’s understanding of it and its history remains a little fuzzy.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “If we continue to think of ourselves mostly as consumers, it’s going to be very hard to bring our environmental troubles under control. But it’s also going to be very hard to live the rounded and joyful lives that could be ours. This is a subversive volume in all the best ways!”

If we continue to think of ourselves mostly as consumers, it’s going to be very hard to bring our environmental troubles under control. But it’s also going to be very hard to live the rounded and joyful lives that could be ours. This is a subversive volume in all the best ways!

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “I would like to draw three main conclusions. Number one, the earth is warmer in 1988 than at any time in the history of instrumental measurements. Number two, the global warming is now large enough that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause and effect relationship to the greenhouse effect. And number three, our computer climate simulations indicate that the greenhouse effect is already large enough to begin to effect the probability of extreme events such as summer heat waves.”

I would like to draw three main conclusions. Number one, the earth is warmer in 1988 than at any time in the history of instrumental measurements. Number two, the global warming is now large enough that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause and effect relationship to the greenhouse effect. And number three, our computer climate simulations indicate that the greenhouse effect is already large enough to begin to effect the probability of extreme events such as summer heat waves.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “We already have five times as much oil and coal and gas on the books as any scientist thinks is safe to burn.”

We already have five times as much oil and coal and gas on the books as any scientist thinks is safe to burn.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “In the world we grew up in, our most ingrained economic and political habit was growth; it’s the reflex we’re going to have to temper, and it’s going to be tough.”

In the world we grew up in, our most ingrained economic and political habit was growth; it’s the reflex we’re going to have to temper, and it’s going to be tough.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “According to new research emerging from many quarters that our continued devotion to growth above all is, on balance, making our lives worse, both collectively and individually.”

According to new research emerging from many quarters that our continued devotion to growth above all is, on balance, making our lives worse, both collectively and individually.

— Bill McKibben


Bill McKibben Quote: “We all need to be reminded that democracy isn’t just voting for the president every four years and then trusting him to fix things. Democracy is about getting together with your community to think together about your future.”

We all need to be reminded that democracy isn’t just voting for the president every four years and then trusting him to fix things. Democracy is about getting together with your community to think together about your future.

— Bill McKibben

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