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State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Senate Resolution

     By Senators Giard and Ayer,

     S.R. 18.  Senate resolution relating to recognizing William McKibben and students from Middlebury College for their insightful leadership and foresight on climate change policy.

Whereas, William (Bill) McKibben is an author who has directed his talents as an author and journalist to advocate on behalf of Planet Earth’s well‑being, and

Whereas, he learned the craft of journalism at the Harvard Crimson, which he led as that distinguished college newspaper’s president, and, immediately after graduation, joined the staff of the New Yorker, a bastion of in‑depth issue‑related journalism, where he wrote many “Talk of the Town” columns and became increasingly concerned about issues related to climate change, and

Whereas, since 1989, when his first book, End of Nature, was published, and most recently in his book Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, his writing has focused on the changes to Earth’s climate and their causes, and on possible alternative societal models to swing the pendulum away from the disastrous future that he foresees if humankind does not change its lifestyle, and

Whereas, he wrote of his love and respect for the outdoors in his recent book, Wandering Home, and

Whereas, aside from his career as a published author, Bill McKibben has taken on the roles of teacher and activist, serving as a scholar‑in‑residence at Middlebury College and as an organizer committed to triggering a fundamental shift in national climate policy, and

Whereas, Bill McKibben and seven recent Middlebury College graduates created a new organization called Step It Up, with the stated goal of convincing Congress to enact public policies that will result in an 80‑percent reduction of carbon emissions by the year 2050, and

Whereas, as the organization’s first national political show of force, it arranged 1,400 rallies and educational events in all 50 states and the District of Columbia that occurred on Saturday, April 14, 2007, and

Whereas, Bill McKibben and his cohort of young organizers are continuing their vital national education and lobbying campaign to convince Congress and all Americans that climate change is a topic of the greatest national importance, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate:

That the Senate of the State of Vermont recognizes William McKibben and students from Middlebury College for their leadership on climate change, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of the Senate be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bill McKibben and to Step It Up in Burlington.



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