Bill McKibben brought his gentle charisma to Mead Chapel tonight on the final stop of his “Do the Math” tour to divest from fossil fuel companies. For McKibben, a Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Middlebury College and resident of Ripton, Vt., this concluding talk was especially meaningful. On multiple occasions he called on Middlebury to take the lead on the divestment campaign.
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In response to questions about student groups taking action on divestment issues at Middlebury, we would like to introduce Divest for Our Future, a group composed of students of all years committed to making fossil fuel divestment a reality at Middlebury.
Divest for Our Future has focused this semester, and plans to continue focusing on educating ourselves and the student body and coordinating with schools whose endowments are also managed by Investure, Middlebury’s endowment manager. We have been working with the national movement led by Middlebury’s own Bill McKibben and 350.org.
We are also committed to dialogue with the administration and submitted the following proposal to President Liebowitz this fall.
We hope to engage all of the Middlebury community on this issue and continue the conversations begun this semester. Check out the proposal and come to an open meeting Tuesday, December 4th at 7pm in the Gifford Lecture Hall to learn more about the movement and discuss our path moving forward!
Middlebury College Schumann Distinguished Scholar Bill McKibben has been named as one of TIME Magazine’s “People Who Mattered” of 2011. McKibben has been lauded for his work protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would funnel crude oil from Alberta, Canada to multiple locations in the States, including Oklahoma and Illinois.
McKibben remains involved with his climate crisis organization, 350.org and has made recent appearances at Occupy Wall Street protests. Earlier this fall, buses shuttled students down to the nation’s capital to join the Keystone Pipeline protests. The highly-contested nature of the pipeline has led President Obama to delay his decision on its construction until 2013.
After a series of demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience, Bill McKibben, 350.org (started by 7 Middkids,) and 1000s of others have contributed to the official delaying the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline for at least another year and half, a move that many say will effectively kill the project. The White House announced today that they would send the proposal back to the State Department for re-review, as “this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process.” A full bus-load of Midd kids headed down to D.C. last weekend to participate in the action against the pipeline in which over 10,000 individuals surrounded the White House 3 times over. Middlebury students also attended the two-week long action this summer in which over 1,000 individuals were arrested in front of the White House in protest of the pipeline.
The American people spoke loudly about climate change and the president responded. There have been few even partial victories about global warming in recent years so that makes this an important day.
And I simply can’t say thank you enough. I know, because of my own weariness, how hard so many of you have worked. It was good work, done in the right spirit, and it has secured an unlikely victory. You are the cause of that victory; you upended enormous odds.
I’m going to bed tired tonight. But I’ll get up in the morning ready for the next battle, more confident because I know you’re part of this fight too.
Middlebury College recently named Scholar-in-Residence in Environmental Studies Bill McKibben a Schumann Distinguished Scholar to recognize his contributions to the institution.
According to the Middlebury Newsroom, a grant from the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy gave the College the resources to create the position for the renowned journalist, author and environmentalist.
McKibben has had a significant role in establishing Middlebury’s reputation as a leader among colleges and universities in environmentalism. He has been active in the Environmental Studies Department and he co-founded 350.org, a grassroots organization that promotes environmental awareness and holds political leaders accountable to climate change science through mass global demonstrations.
He is best known for writing what is regarded as the first widely distributed book on global warming, The End of Nature (1989). He published his most recent book last Spring, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (2010). McKibben also recently won the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship.