Environmental Activist Bill McKibben: Speaking at First Parish on May 31

Bill McKibben - Image (c) Nancie Battaglia
Bill McKibben – Image (c) Nancie Battaglia

Submitted by First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, in Bedford

Environmental activist Bill McKibben will address “Crisis and Opportunity” at the First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, on the Bedford Town Common, 75 The Great Road, at 10 am on Sunday, May 31.

McKibben has written extensively on the impact of global warming. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and leader of the anti-carbon campaign group 350.org. He has authored a dozen books about the environment, including his first (The End of Nature) in 1989 about climate change.

In 2009, he led 350.org’s organization of 5,200 simultaneous demonstrations in 181 countries. He was awarded the Gandhi Peace Award in 2013. Foreign Policy magazine named him to its inaugural list  of the 100 most important global thinkers in 2009 and MSN named him one of the dozen most influential men of 2009. In 2010, the Boston Globe called him “probably the nation’s leading environmentalist” and Time magazine book reviewer Bryan Walsh described him as “the world’s best green journalist”.

At First Parish, McKibben will be the 2015 Spirit of Democracy speaker, an annual event that honors the legacy of Bedford’s late minister Jack Mendelsohn whose life was devoted to causes of social justice.  “Climate justice is one of the defining issues of our time,” says senior minister John Gibbons.  “Bill McKibben will wake us up and rally us to action!”

The service is open to all. After the service will be a time for discussion with Mr. McKibben, a free lunch, and at 12:45 a free two hour “Public Narrative” training for organizers and activists, offered by Marla Marcum of the Better Future Project.

First Parish is fully accessible, and was recently named a Green Sanctuary congregation by the Unitarian Universalist Association.

For more information, go to uubedford.org, or call 781-275-7994.


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