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    Combating Global Warming with... Community

    If rising sea levels, melting glaciers and intensifying tropical storms have you shouting at all those in power who are still ignoring global warming, take heart.

    Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben believes much of the potential for positive change resides in the average American mindset.

    It comes down to community.

    “The reason Europeans use half as much energy as we do is not because they have better technology,” he says.  “It’s because they have better communities.”

    Join host Jerry Kay, as Mckibben makes the connection between global warming and hyperindividualism and hear what John Bailey of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance thinks local communities can do to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

    This Week's Guests:

    Bill McKibben — Environmentalist & Author, “The End of Nature”

    Environmentalist Bill McKibben, is the author of "The End of Nature," the first book for a general audience about global warming. Published in 1989, it is now available in 20 languages.

    His six other books include “Enough,” "Hope, Human and Wild," "Long Distance," and "Maybe One."  The working title of his next book is “Deep Economy.”  A former staff writer for the New Yorker, his work appears regularly in the Atlantic, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, Harpers, Outside, and many other national publications.

    He has been  a fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Study of Values in Public Life and is the recipient of Guggenheim and Lyndhurst fellowships. In 2000, he won the Lannan Prize in Nonfiction Writing. McKibben holds honorary doctorates from several institutions.

    John Bailey — Institute for Local Self-Reliance

    The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) provides technical assistance and information on environmentally sound economic development strategies. As a researcher and policy analyst at ILSR, Bailey has authored several public policy reports primarily on Minnesota-related issues. These include a study on alternatives to local road financing in Minneapolis, wind energy taxation, alternatives to increased nuclear waste storage in Minnesota and ecological tax reform. His latest report, "Climate NeutralBonding: Building Global Warming Solutions at the State and Local Level," was published in February 2006.

    More information:

  • The End of Nature
  • Complete Idiot’s Guide to Global Warming
  • Cool Companies: How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity by Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • Evangelicals Launch Environment Crusade – Chicago Tribune
  • Debate on Climate Shifts to Issue of Irreparable Change – Washington Post
  • World Has Seven Years For Key Climate Decisions, Says Tony Blair – Reuters

    Web Resources:
  • Bill McKibben’s Homepage
  • Institute for Local Self-Reliance – Climate Neutral Bonding Report
  • Natural Resources Defense Council: Global Warming
  • Sierra Club: Global Warming & Clean Energy

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