Monday, May 6, 2013
What? One of the greatest spokepersons for the most serious condition humans have ever faced was here in Walla Walla, and the U-B did not write about this?
Bill McKibben, the leading environmentalist who has woken up so many with his books and environmental organizations such as 350.orgn, spoke last week at Whitman’s Cordiner Hall.
Bill’s message is sobering, heart wrenching, honest and evidence-based. The reality is we no longer live on the same Earth we grew up on. He even gives it a new name — Eaarth.
He is calling for a movement nationally and internationally to confront the oil companies. One of the efforts modeled after the success of the resistance to South Africa’s apartheid is to have institutions, cities and states divest from the oil companies. I’m pleased to report that students at Whitman are rallying for divestment.
For those who did not hear Bill last week, nor read about it in your local paper, I suggest you read “Eaarth, Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.” Read it and act, for your children and grandchildren.