At Eckerd College environmentalist Bill McKibben warns about climate change

10/14/11 Sarah Curran
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Environmentalist Bill McKibben is the author of what is regarded as one of the first books for the general public on climate change. More recently he helped found the grassroots 350 movement. McKibben spoke to a packed hall Wednesday night as part of Eckerd College's Presidential Events Series.

The generally young audience came to hear McKibben speak about climate change. And this isn't a first for him.

Along with dozens of books about the environment, McKibben most recently wrote 'Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet'. The book focuses on the environmental implications of our society.

McKibben is also known for his work on the 350 movement. 350 represents the parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that can safely sustain life on earth. The movement has organized 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. His most recent attempts at saving the environment focus on a pipeline that would potentially carry crude oil from the tar sands of Western Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast. McKibben was arrested during a peaceful sit in at the U.S. Capitol last month.

However that isn't stopping him. He is headed back to Washington DC on November 6, were he hopes thousands will create a ring around the White House. He adds since the pipeline crosses international borders, President Barack Obama can shut it down himself by denying that it's in the national interest. McKibben says he wants this peaceful sit in to remind the president of a promise he made almost four years ago.

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