The McKibben lecture

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Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben - solar proponent

The renowned environmentalist, who has written and spoken extensively on the impacts of climate change, will speak on "Keep the Faith and Do the Math."

The lecture will be at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, August 18, in Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center. The talk, sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge, will be a special Jackson B. Davidson Memorial Lecture on Science and Religion. Jack Davidson was an elder and member of the church.
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Additional information on the lecture and other events during the day will be provided through our Facebook page as well as on this website.

McKibben is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009 and sponsored a 21-city "Do The Math" tour last fall.

The "Do The Math" movie has been shown in numerous cities this past spring and several times at First Presbyterian, including by a new Secret City Sustainability group of college students.
The movie is available online at

The '350' in the site name refers to the 350 parts per million of atmospheric carbon dioxide that is deemed a safe level because it would not likely lead to catastrophic climate change. Just this year levels as high as 400 ppm were measured.

McKibben's book Eaarth (the extra 'a' stands for 'altered'), and his first book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change.

Eaarth was selected as the 2013 Life of Mind book to be read by all incoming freshmen at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. McKibben will speak to the freshmen at UT Knoxville on Monday, August 19.

His other books include The Comforting Wind: God, Job and the Scale of Creation, Deep Economy: the Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, and Fight Global Warming Now.

McKibben was a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Atlantic, Mother Jones and Rolling Stone magazines.