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McKibben wins $100k environmental award, pledges half to college — if it divests

Posted on May 30, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



RIPTON — Author and activist Bill McKibben on Tuesday was awarded the $100,000 Sophie Prize, one of the world’s largest environmental awards, for his work in building 350.org, the first widespread global climate campaign.

The Norway-based prize jury cited McKibben for “pioneering new methods of social protest,” from Internet-based organizing to the widespread civil disobedience confronting the Keystone XL pipeline. Past recipients of the award include Nobel laureate Wangari Mathaai and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew.

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Middlebury College students forum to spur divestment of fossil fuel stocks

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — As the Middlebury College administration gears up to hold a symposium to discuss the college’s endowment policies and practices next Tuesday, student activists and Scholar in Residence Bill McKibben will get a bit of a jump on the process with their own divestment event this Sunday.

The college will kick off a formal process to consider divesting its endowment from fossil fuels and arms manufacturers with a major “Do The Math” event at Mead Chapel on Jan. 20 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

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McKibben: Expect more storms

Posted on February 13, 2012 |
By Dave Gram



MONTPELIER (AP) — With Vermont still working to recover from Tropical Storm Irene’s torrential rains and flooding, environmental activist and writer Bill McKibben went before a panel of state lawmakers on Tuesday to say the storm was at least partly the product of climate change and a likely harbinger of a troubled future.

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McKibben capitalizes on pipeline rejection

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By Kyle Finck



RIPTON — Bill McKibben had reason to celebrate last week after President Obama rejected a proposed massive pipeline that would have shipped oil from Canada to Texas. He was a prominent force in opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline.

But the Ripton-based environmental activist isn’t taking a rest. McKibben and 500 protesters plan to march on Capital Hill Tuesday adorned in referee outfits.

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'Time' taps McKibben for his protest of the Keystone pipeline

Posted on December 19, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



RIPTON — It’s the year of the protester, according to “Time” magazine, and Ripton’s Bill McKibben fits the bill. So well, in fact, that he made it onto the “People Who Mattered” list in the magazine’s annual year-in-review issue.

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Staff Blog: McKibben on the Colbert Report

Posted on November 16, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Andrea Suozzo



Did you catch Ripton's Bill McKibben on Monday night's Colbert Report? After Stephen Colbert announced midway through the show that he had solved the global warming crisis (by not caring, of course!), he brought McKibben out to speak about President Obama's postponment of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Keep an eye out for the quick discussion of Vermont about five minutes in.

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McKibben calls protest a success

Posted on September 15, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



WASHINGTON, D.C. — To Ripton resident Bill McKibben, the best measure of success in the two-week Tar Sands Action protest in front of the White House was the 1,253 arrests of protesters.

People concerned about global climate change flocked to the Washington, D.C., from across the nation for a two-week protest that drew to an end Sept. 3, with 243 arrests happening on that final day, according to tarsandsaction.org.

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Update: McKibben spends the weekend in D.C. jail cell

Posted on August 25, 2011 |
By Ian Trombulak



Update (8/25/11):

WASHINGTON, D.C. — From where he sits — behind bars in a Washington, D.C., jail cell — everything is going according to plan for Bill McKibben.

The environmental author and activist was arrested on Saturday, Aug. 20, in Washington while protesting the proposed construction of a 1,700-mile pipeline that would pump oil from the Tar Sands of Alberta, Canada, to oil refineries in Texas. He was one of 70 arrests on Saturday.

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McKibben would go to jail to oppose pipeline

Posted on August 18, 2011 |
By Ian Trombulak



MIDDLEBURY — Bill McKibben doesn’t make a habit of getting arrested, but for the right cause he won’t hesitate to do so.

Apparently, stopping the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline that would pump oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, to oil refineries in Texas is one such cause.

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McKibben: Ripton trails are 'book of the outdoors'

Posted on July 7, 2011 |
By Jeff Price



RIPTON — Prominent author and environmentalist Bill McKibben gave a talk and short reading last Tuesday on the Bread Loaf campus just up the road from Ripton. Rather than the usual environmental rallying cry, no matter how evenly tempered McKibben’s rallying cries can be, the talk focused instead on what the forest land around the campus, Joseph Battell’s bequest, has to offer those interested. 

As McKibben puts it, the trails around Ripton are there to teach students “the book of the outdoors.”

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