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Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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There is a mixture of facts, personal encounters with a diverse range of folks who are dealing with the challenge of trying to change the system.
Unfortunately, the system is geared in part to Politicians and in turn they are beholden to influence of money. There is no coincidence that the most profitable business on the planet gets their ear and support. Mr McKibben shows how activism by ordinary citizens banding together can engage the Institutions that are non-responsive to the repeated calls of leading scientists and science organizations to reduce greenhouse emissions and other causes of climate change. Sometimes that means getting arrested and spending days in jail as a peaceful protest.
I read the whole book in one sitting and will read it again.
IMO, we are in a protracted war to battle climate change and the work that Bill describes is about a major effort in that war written while the war is still being fought. As my review's title relates, it is as if one read a book by a major player in the civil rights movement before the major federal civil rights legislation passed in the 60's.
Bill is one of the true heroes of the the war on climate change and his book is a riveting account of the last few years in this war and the important part that he has played. It is well written and inspiring and I highly recommend it.
The oil side is about his personal realization that climate change is dangerously real and that he needed to inform others of the facts that influenced his decision to transition from author/educator to a more activist position. It is a personal, self-revealing, memoir of this transition and an historical look at the climate change movement.
The second part of the book, which is not really a second part but interwoven with the oil part, is with his neighbor, a beekeeper, and the day-to-day activities to keep the hive colonies healthy and productive.
Oil and Honey is a fascinating look into the personal and public life of McKibben and–no matter which side you are on–a look at the climate issue that you may not have seen or read before. I recommend the book also for Bill’s relaxed and personal style, and how he often makes you feel that you are sitting in the seat next to him on the bio-diesel fueled bus traveling between speaking engagements and demonstrations.
And it might prompt you to take a second look at your personal lifestyle, and whether there might be something you could do or change to make the world a better–and safer–place to life, not only for you but for your children, grandchildren, and those that follow.
"Perhaps I've given the impression that I'm a courageous fellow, ready to trot off to jail at the drop of a hat, able to stare down presidential aides. That would be not quite true.In fact, on the long list of things that scare me, bee stings rank fairly high. And with some reason. Once, wandering the woods a mile or so behind the house where I lived for many-years in the wild Adirondacks, I stepped on a yellow jacket nest. As usual I was lost in some reverie, when all of a sudden a drench of incandescent pain splashed up my stomach toward my head . . . "
This is pure McKibben. He is able to step back from his intense commitments and look at himself and events with an amazingly relaxed and often humorous detachment and humility. He refuses to to go on the attack, show hostility even to dedicated adversaries (like the fossil fuel industry and Republican Congressmen). All his energies go into making effective arguments, mobilizing people and formulating strategies. That rare ability to retain an independent mind at the same time as he engages in aggressive campaigning reminds me of the famous book by Frederick Douglass, "My Bondage and My Freedom". Escaping slavery to the North before the Civil War, Douglass became one of the most effective orators and agitators for the abolition of slavery.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Inspiring if lacking a bit in scientific detail but he's written plenty on the science of climate change. Great leader although his politics are hidden. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Timothy F. Liveright
This book should be read by everyone who is a grandparent. It is not too late to get on this bandwagon and our grandchildren deserve our support in this incredibly important... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Susan Linden
"Oil and Honey" describes how a stalwart of the climate change movement, Bill McKibben, became the unlikely activist and voice of change for climate change. Read morePublished 7 months ago by kthdimension
amazing, inspiring book on the most important battle of our age. All other social and political causes, as pressing as they are, won't matter if we don't have an hospitable climate... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jill A. Soffer
"Eyes wide open..." I even wrote a poem about the end of life as we've known it, or possibly no life at all...and we'll go through hell between now and then. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Diane Belleville
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 11 months ago by Helen Fogarty