COVID-19 Information & Fall Plans

Best-Selling Author and Environmentalist Bill McKibben to Speak at NCC

Author's work on global warming earned him the reputation of "world's best green journalist"


Best-selling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben will present "Reflections on the Climate Fight" on Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Northampton Bill McKibbenCommunity College's Spartan Center in Bethlehem Township, Pa. Tickets are free, but reservations are required.

McKibben's most recent book "Oil and Honey" gives readers a firsthand perspective into his global battle against fossil fuel companies and a glimpse into the local landscape for which he is fighting. An author and environmentalist, he is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized 20,000 rallies around the world.  

His 1989 book "The End of Nature" is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been published in 24 languages. McKibben has since published more than a dozen books on the environment. The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities.   

Foreign Policy named McKibben to their inaugural list of the world's 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was "probably America's most important environmentalist."  He is a former staff writer for the New Yorker magazine, and writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. In 2014, biologists honored him by naming a new species of woodland gnat- Megophthalmidia mckibbeni--in his honor.  

The "Reflections on the Climate Fight" lecture is the culminating event in the college's 2016-2017 Annual Humanities Series "Flying Free: Birds and the Human Spirit" made possible by an endowment from the National Endowment for the Humanities and generous donors.  Community partners include the Bethlehem Area Public Library, Eastern Monroe Library, Bethlehem Area School District, Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites, Stroudsburg Area School District, and Monroe County Historical Association.    

Tickets for the McKibben lecture are free, but reservations are required. To make reservations, visit Northampton.edu/BillMcKibben or call 610-861-5519 with questions. The lecture will be live streamed at NCC's Monroe Campus, Tannersville, Room 202, Keystone Hall.  No reservations are required for the live stream.