Legendary American environmentalist Bill McKibben is paying the region a visit in early September. On Monday, September 7th McKibben will speak at 9.30 AM in Beer Sheva, in Israel’s Negev. Exact location TBA.
Born in 1960, McKibben founded the 350.org campaign to address the climate crisis. He published his first book as a serial in the New Yorker, later printed as The End of Nature (Random House 1989). It was one of the first climate change books printed for a wide audience.
He also writes about the limits of technology to improve our lives, which he calls the “enough” theory. From his 2003 book Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age:
We’ve been told that it’s impossible – that some force like evolution drives us on to More and Faster and Bigger. ‘You can’t stop progress.’ But that’s not true. We could choose to mature. That could be the new trick we share with each other, a trick as revolutionary as fire. Or even the computer.
Beer Sheva is easy to reach by public transportation, and has a fast train link to Tel Aviv, Haifa and most cities along the coast. Mark your calendars! For more information, or to RSVP, contact Gili Baruch at gili [at] shatil [dot] nif [dot] org [dot] il.