About Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the “alternative Nobel.” His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized 20,000 rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.

Fall 2015 Visit

Bill McKibben will be on campus for one day this fall to engage with Environmental Studies Program majors through class visits and meetings with campus activists.


Spring 2016 Visit

Bill McKibben will be on campus on April 7, 2016 to provide the keynote address for the Community, Culture, Conservation: Sustaining Livelihoods and Landscapes conference.  McKibben’s address and the conference will be open to the public.


The Mellon Fellowship

The Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Fellowship in Environmental Studies provides an opportunity to bring world-recognized environmental scholars, activists, writers, and leaders to Colby College to engage the campus and community in lectures and discussions around important environment themes. Each year, the Environmental Studies Program at Colby honors one Distinguished Fellow, whose work bridges science and policy to make substantial advances in environmental conservation and sustainability.