Author-Activist Bill McKibben Kicks Off New Aspetuck Land Trust Lecture Series

Aug 27th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Story

Speaking to some 200 Aspetuck Land Trust members from Fairfield, Weston, Westport and Easton gathered at the Pequot Library earlier this month, climate change activist author Bill McKibben reported on the risks and challenges within the global climate change public policy debate.

From left, Aspetuck Land Trust executive committee members: Princie Falkenhagen, Easton, Lisa Brodlie, Weston, author Bill McKibben, Nancy Moon, Fairfield, Heather Williams, Westport, and Aspetuck Land Trust executive director David Brant from Fairfield. (contributed)

From left, Aspetuck Land Trust executive committee members: Princie Falkenhagen, Easton, Lisa Brodlie, Weston, author Bill McKibben, Nancy Moon, Fairfield, Heather Williams, Westport, and Aspetuck Land Trust executive director David Brant from Fairfield. (contributed)

McKibben warned that due to dangerous atmospheric carbon dioxide levels from dependence on fossil fuels, gradually rising global temperature, polar ice cap melt and mounting sea levels, conserving open space land alone would not be enough to protect “this gloriously beautiful world we’ve been given.”

McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment beginning with “The End of Nature” in 1989, the first book for a general audience on climate change. It has been translated into more than twenty languages. Founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org and a frequent environmental rally coordinator, McKibben is also the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.

His appearance Friday night marked the start of the land trust’s new Haskins Lecture Series honoring noted local scientists Caryl and Edna Haskins who bequeathed their Westport estate on Green Acre Lane to the Aspetuck Land Trust in 2002. A portion of the estate was sold by the land trust to create an endowment to manage the grounds as a nature preserve and to support environmental education.

A frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, Rolling Stone and Outside, McKibben also is a board member of the Adirondack Conservancy.

McKibben said the most dismal development since “The End of Nature” was first published is “the inability of the American political system to take seriously our peril.”

“A bipartisan effort to do nothing has been wildly successful,” McKibben said.

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