Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist (Paperback)
Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist by Bill McKibben. Bill McKibben’s books and speeches have inspired and informed me for many years. His writing is imaginative yet straightforward in describing the impact of climate change on our world. But how do we organize for change on such a complex and worldwide issue? How does a writer become an activist? How does someone new to activism work on both a local and global level? How are raising beehives in Vermont connected to stopping the Keystone XL pipeline and the extraction of tar sands oil in Canada? The answers are found in this book. Please read and get involved— From Joan's Picks
Bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben recounts the personal and global story of the fight to build and preserve a sustainable planet
Bill McKibben is not a person you'd expect to find handcuffed and behind bars, but that's where he found himself in the summer of 2011 after leading the largest civil disobedience in thirty years, protesting the Keystone XL pipeline in front of the White House.
With the Arctic melting, the Midwest in drought, and Irene scouring the Atlantic, McKibben recognized that action was needed if solutions were to be found. Some of those would come at the local level, where McKibben joins forces with a Vermont beekeeper raising his hives as part of the growing trend toward local food. Other solutions would come from a much larger fight against the fossil-fuel industry as a whole.
Oil and Honey is McKibben's account of these two necessary and mutually reinforcing sides of the global climate fight--from the center of the maelstrom and from the growing hive of small-scale local answers to climate change. With empathy and passion he makes the case for a renewed commitment on both levels of the fight to stop global warming, telling the story of raising one year's honey crop and building a social movement that's still cresting.
About the Author
Bill McKibben is the author of more than a dozen books, including "The End of Nature," "Eaarth," and "Deep Economy." He is the founder of the environmental organization 350.org and was among the first to warn of the dangers of global warming. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Peace Award.