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jcSince 2007, former New Yorker writer McKibben (The End of Nature), has been at the forefront of the grassroots movement to fight global warming. With his organization, 350.org, McKibben has encouraged people all over the world to commit acts of civil disobedience in order to publicize the way climate change had affected their way of life. He has also worked to challenge the Keystone XL Pipeline project, endorsed by the Obama administration, but excoriated by environmentalists. Here, McKibben's accounts of activism are punctuated with visits to a friend's farm, and discussions of small-scale farming techniques and bee husbandry. Although he was harnessing the power of politicians, scientists, billionaires, and celebrities and speaking through the loudest megaphone of his career, McKibben kept returning to the beehives flourishing in the Vermont woods. What lessons in organization, adaptation, and endurance could be gleaned from the way bees work together and interact with their environment? Tracking the emotional and intellectual journey that took McKibben from Vermont to picket lines in Washington, D.C. to town halls, universities, and arenas, the book is a call to action and an inspiring playbook for making change—both locally and globally—in the 21st century. (Sept.) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
*Starred Review* As global warming accelerates, McKibben, who has been writing about climate change and fossil fuels for 25 years, has stepped up his innovative activism even though all he really wants to do is stay home in Vermont and appreciate nature’s magnificent choreography. The title of his fifteenth book encapsulates the two lives he juxtaposes in this confiding and dramatic chronicle of environmental action in the Internet age, especially his founding of the nimble and impactful organization 350.org. On the oil front, McKibben illuminates the thinking behind and courage involved in protests against the Keystone XL pipeline, including his time in jail. Honey refers to his collaboration with beekeeper Kirk Webster, whose dream was to establish a chemical-free apiary and share his sustainable bee-raising techniques. McKibben eloquently contrasts the deep benefits of Webster’s work with the unconscionable risks of tar-sands oil production and the toxicity of Washington politics. In this moving, wryly amusing account set against the heated presidential campaign of 2012, McKibben describes his extraordinary world travels and what it took to launch gutsy, creative, and effective protests, and shares invaluable information and such intriguing insights as what bees can teach us about reaching consensus. Galvanizing and inspiring. --Donna Seaman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Another great read from a modest guy who is a real hero! He's a very hard-working organizer for climate change action; our most pressing crisis! Read morePublished 25 days ago by Helen Fogarty
This book makes Bill McKibben's life work real as he describes daily issues and actions he takes doing this outstanding work. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Beverly
Readable, engaging, enjoyable learning about bees and humaneness, Sissyphean struggle and the physics of climate change. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter R. Whitis
Bill McKibben top notch, at 400 ppm of CO2 time to shift our energy system to fossil fuel free.Published 3 months ago by Julie A. Grimme
This book is a memoir, of a Vermont Beekeeper, and his entrance to picket lines in Washington, D.C..
It is "a call to action".
I would buy this book.
However, I read it at my library.
Based on the book, it is a waste of resources to read this book. Read more