Bill McKibben | What I Learned in the Last Three Decades: FALTER

Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m. in Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center, Middlebury College
Free, open to the public.

Bill McKibben will share excerpts from his new book Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? which is being published exactly 30 years after his groundbreaking The End of Nature. This new book asks what we’ve lost in those decades–and what we might still hope to protect.

Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now he broadens the warning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out.

The End of Nature—issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic—was the first book to alert us to global warming. But the danger is broader than that: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience.

Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control. And then, drawing on McKibben's experience in building, the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change, it offers some possible ways out of the trap. We're at a bleak moment in human history -- and we'll either confront that bleakness or watch the civilization our forebears built slip away.

Falter is a powerful and sobering call to arms, to save not only our planet but also our humanity.

NOTE: The Vermont Book Shop will provide pre-publications sales of Falter at this event. Pre-orders, paid or unpaid in advance) can be picked up at the event.

Sponsored by the Franklin Environmental Center, Middlebury College

Event date: 
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center
Middlebury College
Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250178268
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 16th, 2019

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