American environmentalist and nature writer. Born in Lexington, Massachusetts, McKibben attended Harvard University, where he was president of the
Harvard Crimson newspaper. He then worked as a staff writer at the New Yorker, which serialized his first book, The End of Nature (1989), an introduction to climate change and a plea for a reformed attitude to nature. Since then he has written about an array of environmental topics, earning him Time magazine's description as "the world's best green journalist." McKibben's books include Hope, Human and Wild: True Stories of Living Lightly on the Earth (1995); Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (2007), an attempt to envision a more localized and more sustainable economic system; Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (2010), about the inevitability of climate change; The Global Warming Reader (2011); and most recently Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist(2013). See also billmckibben.com.