Bill McKibben (USA)



Bill wrote the first ever book on global warming, The End of Nature, in 1989. It has been printed in more than 20 languages. He also founded, the first global grassroots climate campaign, which has organized more than 20,000 demonstrations in every country on Earth except North Korea.



He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes called the alternative Nobel, in 2014 in the Swedish Parliament, and has also won the Gandhi Peace Prize, as well as honorary degrees from 20 colleges and universities.
In recent years he has founded Third Act, a community of experienced Americans over the age of 60 determined to take a progressive action on climate and democracy. According to Bill, this generation of boomers has unprecedented skills and resources that they can bring to bear. Most of them also have kids and grandkids who are, in other words, very real reasons to worry and to work.


Stop Setting the World on Fire

Global stage
20. 7. 2023 13:30 - 14:30


In the last decade, engineers have dropped the price of renewable energy by 90 %. Now, the cheapest way to generate power on this planet is to point a sheet of glass at the sun. That sets the scene for a truly radical shift: after 700,000 years humans can kick the habit of combustion, and learn to rely instead on the great burning ball of gas in the sky. The implications are remarkable, right down to the fact that we'll be able to produce this crucial commodity close to home, instead of relying on Russia or Saudi Arabia or Texas. But it won't happen unless we organize to make it happen.