Oil and Honey

Oil and Honey

The Education of An Unlikely Activist

Book - 2013
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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.

Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2013
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780805092844
Branch Call Number: 333.72092 McKib
Characteristics: 255 p


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Mar 14, 2017

I wanted to be more clear on the urgency of the environmental crisis of climate change.
Enjoyable reading for a 70 yr old new activist such as me, with the bees and honey story helpful. Liked it a lot and will look at other materials by Bill McKibben.

Aug 17, 2014

This book chronicles the life of an environmental activist. It offers an interesting look into Mr. McKibben's life and how he manages to mobilize and educate so many people not only across America, but also globally for his cause in fighting CO2 emissions. There are many recent examples of places all over the world that have experienced climate change throughout his book. His tale also includes references to the life of the honeybee. In particular, the fight zeroed in on protesting the contruction of the Keystone XL Pipleline and he recommends stock portfolios divested of oil companies.

Dec 29, 2013

This is a must read for any one concerned about the environment.

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