Bill McKibben's "Eaarth" Warning

The planet we knew is already gone, says environmentalist Bill McKibben. He’s renaming Earth.

Bill McKibben says the earth as we know it is already gone. (Credit: Times Books/matthew mcdermott/flickr)

Writer and activist Bill McKibben says whether you know it or not, whether you’re willing to admit it or not, the party is over when it comes to saving the planet. 

He’s tried, with others, and keeps trying. But the Earth as we knew it for ten thousand years, says McKibben, is gone. 

It’s time to rename it. And he does. It’s time to re-imagine how we’ll have to live here. And he does. 

It’s a simpler life. Shockingly simple. We’ve built a new Earth, he says. It’s not as nice as the old one, but it’s what we’ve got now. 

This Hour, On Point: bracing for life on a changed planet.


Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author of more than a dozen books, including “The End of Nature,” “Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age,” and “Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future.” He’s the founder of and scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College. His new book is “Eaarth: Making Life on a Tough New Planet.” 

Read an excerpt.

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