Bill McKibben

Threat of Devastating Hurricane Laura Highlights a GOP With ‘Absolutely No Plan to Deal With the Climate Crisis’

Climate action advocates in the U.S. amplified the urgency needed for political leaders from both major parties—including Republicans in the middle of their 4-day national convention this week—to address the planetary climate crisis as Hurricane Laura, upgraded to a potentially catastrophic Category 4 earlier in the day, barreled toward the Gulf Coast. “It is terrifying …

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Proving ‘A Different World Is Possible,’ Exxon Dropped From Dow Jones After 92-Year Run

Climate campaigners on Tuesday marked a major milestone in the fight to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and transition to a green energy economy as ExxonMobil was dropped from the S&P Dow Jones Industrial Average after nearly a century. The oil giant, the oldest member of the Dow, was replaced on the index by software …

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Climate Activists and Scientists Raise Alarm After Death Valley Endures Potentially Record-Breaking 130ºF

The temperature in eastern California’s Death Valley, one of the hottest places on the planet, hit a potentially record-breaking 130ºF on Sunday, according to a preliminary reading—an event that led alarmed activists and scientists to reiterate calls for urgent global action to combat the climate crisis. “Please understand: it will get hotter, and hotter, and …

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Pressured by Climate Activist Groups, Deutsche Bank Ditches Drilling in the Arctic

Climate activists are celebrating Deutsche Bank’s new energy policy banning financial support of drilling in the Arctic, a move which comes after years of pressure from advocacy groups. The bank, a multinational investment company headquartered in Germany, announced Monday that it will no longer offer financial services to new projects that involve drilling for oil …

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Activists Ramp Up Pressure on Other Insurers After Swiss Company Ditches ‘Climate-Wrecking’ Trans Mountain Pipeline

Climate campaigners and Indigenous activists celebrated after reporting from Reuters revealed on Wednesday that the Swiss insurance giant Zurich will soon stop providing coverage to the Canadian government-owned Trans Mountain Pipeline, increasing the pressure on other insurers to also ditch the existing tar sands pipeline and long-delayed expansion project. “Insurers should protect us from risk, …

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‘Monumental Victory’: Tribes and Climate Activists Celebrate Court-Ordered Shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline

A U.S. district court on Monday delivered a major win to local Indigenous organizers and climate activists—and a significant blow to the fossil fuel industry and the Trump administration—by ordering the Dakota Access Pipeline to be shut down and emptied of oil by Aug. 5 while federal regulators conduct an environmental review of the project. …

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‘Some Honesty for Once’: Alberta Energy Minister Celebrates Covid-19 for Making In-Person Pipeline Protests More Difficult

In what climate advocates described as an example of “saying the quiet part loud,” Alberta, Canada Energy Minister Sonya Savage in an interview last week said the rise of the coronavirus pandemic has created an ideal opportunity to build pipelines because large in-person demonstrations have become difficult to sustain. “Now is a great time to …

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‘Shell Must Fall,’ Climate Activists Declare at Oil Giant’s Headquarters During Shareholders Meeting

Donning face masks and abiding by social distancing guidelines because of the coronavirus pandemic, climate activists gathered at Royal Dutch Shell’s headquarters in The Hague Tuesday during the oil giant’s annual shareholders meeting to declare that “Shell must fall.” “It’s time to end all investment in the fossil fuel industry.”—Greenpeace Although hundreds of activists had …

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‘One Crisis Doesn’t Stop Because Another Starts’: 2,000+ Kids’ Shoes Form Climate/Covid Protest in London

In a protest Monday to call for more ambitious action from the U.K. government to tackle the climate crisis, activists with the group Extinction Rebellion lined up over 2,000 pairs of children’s shoes in London’s Trafalgar Square and unfurled a banner that read “Covid Today > Climate Tomorrow > Act Now.” “We had months to …

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‘Milestone Moment’ as JPMorgan Chase Announces Former Exxon CEO to No Longer Be Lead Director of Bank’s Board

Author and climate activist Bill McKibben welcomed Friday evening what he called “a milestone moment in the history of climate action” after JPMorgan Chase announced it was ousting former Exxon Mobil CEO Lee Raymond from his longtime leadership position on the bank’s board of directors. “A truly huge win today,” McKibben said in an earlier …

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