If you’ve seen any of the environmental headlines lately, then you’ve likely seen the rhetoric about climate change get stronger and stronger. That’s in part because of last month’s report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which issued strong warnings about the environmental dangers that are facing our planet if we don’t make significant changes soon. Following on the heels of it, the latest issue of The New Yorker digs specifically into the increase of extreme weather and how the fossil-fuel industry is contributing to a shrinking planet.
Appearing in the November 26 print edition of The New Yorker, the feature comes from former staffer, Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots climate change campaign 350.org. McKibben states, “We are on a path to self-destruction, and yet there is nothing inevitable about our fate.” Yet all isn’t lost according to McKibben. As he continues:
The possibility of swift change lies in people coming together in movements large enough to shift the Zeitgeist. In recent years, despairing at the slow progress, I’ve been one of many to protest pipelines and to call attention to Big Oil’s deceptions. The movement is growing. Since 2015, when four hundred thousand people marched in the streets of New York before the Paris climate talks, activists—often led by indigenous groups and communities living on the front lines of climate change—have blocked pipelines, forced the cancellation of new coal mines, helped keep the major oil companies out of the American Arctic, and persuaded dozens of cities to commit to one-hundred-per-cent renewable energy.
You can read the full story on The New Yorker.
Meanwhile, you can see more recent environmental news below.
- If Earth keeps sucking up its oceans, the planet might explode, study warns (New York Post)
- Rising seas give island nation a stark choice: relocate or elevate (National Geographic)
- Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Instead It Unleashed a Catastrophe (New York Times).
- Documents show flawed management leads to unnecessary killings of bighorn sheep (High Country News)
- Oceans are losing a football field of seagrass every 30 minutes (Popular Science)