Author-activist Bill McKibben joins Bard environmental board

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Author and environmental activist Bill McKibben has joined Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy, an innovative graduate program that offers master of science degrees in environmental policy and in climate science and policy.

McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with “The End of Nature” in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change and has been printed in more than 20 languages. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009.

“The Bard Center for Environmental Policy is training the kind of leaders we desperately need,” said McKibben in a news release from the college. “Bard is one of the few places in the country where you can get an integrated master’s degree in climate science and policy.”

“We are honored to have Bill McKibben join our board,” Eban Goodstein, director of Bard center, said in the news release. “For more than 20 years, Bill has been a leading educator engaging Americans about climate science and the need for policy action. He is a model for students around the country.”

McKibben was a writer for the New Yorker magazine from 1982 to 1987 and is a frequent contributor to various magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and Rolling Stone. He has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships, and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000. He lives in Ripton, Vt.

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