In Conversation with Bill McKibben

The Climate Emergency Forum welcomes Bill McKibben in a discussion on the urgency of addressing climate change, noting that the past year has seen record-breaking high temperatures, with 2023 and 2024 being the hottest on record in at least 125,000 years.

This video was recorded on March 20th, 2024, and published on March 31st, 2024.

The dialogue features Paul Beckwith, Peter Carter and Charles Gregoire. McKibben emphasizes that the world is now in a climate emergency, with the 1.5°C temperature goal from the Paris Agreement already breached.

McKibben highlights that the key solution lies in rapidly transitioning to renewable energy, as it is now the cheapest form of power generation. However, he criticizes the fossil fuel industry for continuing to deny and delay this transition through various excuses. To overcome this, McKibben says the focus must be on changing the political balance of power, which is why he has founded the “Third Act” movement to organize older Americans to support the climate action efforts of younger generations.

McKibben praises the work of young climate activists, but argues that they need the backing of older, more politically and financially powerful individuals to truly drive the necessary changes. He advocates for strategies like targeting the expansion of liquefied natural gas exports, as well as leveraging the skills and resources of the older generation to complement the energy and idealism of the youth climate movement.


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