Bill McKibben, a college professor, is one of the leading environmentalists grabbing headlines these days.
A few years ago, he and a half-dozen students started 350.org, an international movement designed to bring awareness to the global climate crisis, especially the rising concentration of CO2 in our atmosphere.
Basically, he’s focusing on how concentrated our global carbon footprint has become, how it is trending and what level of concentration we should be targeting. See the carbon in our atmosphere widget on the Green Blizzard home page.
In the Fall of 2010, he and a team of students transported a solar panel to the White House.
Big whoop, you say?
Actually, this panel was part of the array originally installed on the roof of the White House during the Carter administration, in response to the 70s oil crisis. But unfortunately, these solar panel were taken down years later by the Reagan administration and given to Unity College in Maine.
It’s now being returned, in hopes that the White House will reinstall it along with other panels and set an example for all of us. If only we had continued weaning ourselves off of fossil fuels way back then! Read McKibben’s account of his experience delivering the panel to the White House.
It’s a symbolic gesture, of course, and is designed to bring attention to the annual Global Workday Party (Oct 10th each year).
This special day is designed to celebrate climate solutions in the workplace, as employees call attention to renewable energy projects underway – or currently operating – within their organizations.
Another book worth reading by McKibben is the Global Warming Reader. It lays out the climate crisis in a clear, chilling way. Without a doubt, it’s going to take more than switching to hybrids and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to make a difference.
This is what Green Blizzard is preaching, and it’s something we all have to do, in the near term, at a measureable pace.
Other books on our recommended reading list: Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash and The Clean Tech Revolution: Discover the Top Trends, Technologies, and Companies to Watch.