The Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester will host “A Cape Ann Conversation on Climate Change” with award-winning author, environmentalist and activist Bill McKibben on Tuesday, September 22 from 7-8 pm.
Pulitzer-prize winning Boston Globe reporter David Abel will interview Bill McKibben, one of the world's foremost climate campaigners, about lessons learned and future solutions concerning the climate crisis in our local community and beyond. This special event is taking place remotely and will be available to the public online with Facebook Live.
The event marks the culmination of the citywide collaborative reading program, Gloucester Reads, Many Readers, One Conversation. The aim of the summer-long program was to unite and energize the community around the critical issue of climate change through reading, discussion, and action featuring the books Falter by Bill McKibben along with The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline.
Bill McKibben has been one of the leading voices sounding the alarm on climate change for 30 years, spearheading the 2014 People's Climate March, which brought more than a million people to the streets in 162 countries to demand action on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org and the Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. McKibben was a 2014 recipient of the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the 'alternative Nobel,' and the Gandhi Peace Award. He has written over a dozen books about the environment, including his first, The End of Nature, and his most recent, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
An award-winning reporter on the Globe staff since 1999, David Abel has covered the war in the Balkans, unrest in Latin America, national security issues in Washington D.C., terrorism in New York and Boston, and climate change and poverty in New England. Abel, also a documentary filmmaker and an occasional professor of journalism, was part of the team that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for the paper's coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. He now covers the environment for the Globe.
A Cape Ann Conversation on Climate Change is a part of the Sawyer Free Library's initiative, "The Civic Hub” which is made possible through federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The purpose of The Civic Hub is to create opportunities that foster civic engagement and discussion on issues facing our community locally and beyond.