It seems incredible that Republican presidential candidates deny the reality of climate change caused by manmade contributions to global warming. And even more incredible that the media ignores this, as well as how it impacts the extreme weather we've had this year (including Irene, which we're still dealing with in re our water problems, having to boil before using or using bottled water etc.).
Bill McKibben is considered one of the leading ecological activists and is leading the demonstrations that have been going on for over a week now in front of The White House. Demonstrations I thought of traveling down to take part in, even bringing my thirteen-year-old to get a hands on civics lesson. But then I thought of my various health issues and the problems they might create for me if I were jailed, and other life events got in the way (Irene, for instance).
There's plenty of recent articles to read about McKibben's work, or his own books including the most recent EAARTH, or his first which helped start the fight against global warming. But here's an interview that will show you why I admire the guy. He's a true hero in my book, whose modesty and clarity compliment a kind of true humility (meaning he doesn't puff himself up, but neither does he shrink from the truth).
(He also reminds me physically of a cross between the poet/photographer Kevin McCollister, who is handsomer, and poet Ron Padgett, who is wittier. Anyway, I recommend watching the whole interview, i.e. both videos, to the end. It's rewarding and hopefully inspiring.)
[PS: Check out his organization's website: 350.org]