The end of nature sours all my material pleasures. The prospect of living in a genetically engineered world sickens me. And yet it is toward such a world that our belief in endless material advancement hurries us. As long as that desire drives us, here is no way to set limits.

-Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben

These things are happening in large measure because of us. We in this country burn 25 percent of the world's fossil fuel, create 25 percent of the world's carbon dioxide. It is us - it is the affluent lifestyles that we lead that overwhelmingly contribute to this problem. And to call it a problem is to understate what it really is. Which is a crime. Crime against the poorest and most marginalized people on this planet. We've never figured out, though God knows we've tried, a more effective way to destroy their lives.

Bill McKibben
A world where one tenth of the population gets to be extremely wealthy, and six tenths very poor, is not, in the long run, a stable place
Bill McKibben

We can either save the planet from catastrophic warming, or protect fossil fuel CEOs. Not both. Do the math(s)

Bill McKibben
How Big is Too Big? Global Warming and Moral Choices, ... The End of Nature
Bill McKibben

The real negotiation is between humans on the one hand and chemistry and physics on the other. And chemistry and physics, unfortunately, don't bargain.

Bill McKibben
TV makes it so easy to postpone living for another half hour.
Bill McKibben

Until it's understood to involve justice for those in poverty, a future for generations yet unborn, and a commitment to the rest of creation, it's unlikely we'll be able to overcome the status quo.

Bill McKibben
I've always been opposed to population control. In climate terms, population is not the biggest problem going forward.
Bill McKibben

Barry Bonds is poised to pass Henry Aaron next year. That will be a very small taste of the assault on what accomplishment means when you start tinkering.

Bill McKibben
what you do every day is what forms your mind and precious few of us can or would spend most days outdoors.