RUTLAND - Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben will give an update on how both the science and politics of global climate change are unfolding in a talk at Rutland Free Library on Feb. 6.

His talk, "McKibben on Climate Change," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7 p.m.

McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with "The End of Nature" in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. Time Magazine called him "the planet's best green journalist" and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country's most important environmentalist."

Upcoming talks in Rutland include "Fiction's Getting to the Truth: Chris Bohjalian's The Sandcastle Girls, Family History, and Armenian Genocide" with acclaimed novelist Chris Bohjalian on March 6; "Literary Paris: the 1920s in the City of Light" with Dartmouth professor Barbara Will on April 3; and "The Evolution of Sports Writing" with Sports Illustrated senior writer Alexander Wolff on May 1.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. Rutland Free Library is sponsored by Friends of the Rutland Free Library and Rutland Regional Medical Center.

For more information, contact Rutland Free Library at 802-773-1860, or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802- 262-2626 or info@vermonthumanities.


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