The 2017 Buffalo Humanities Festival spotlight speaker, Bill McKibben, is an environmental activist and writer. He is the founder of which, among its various campaigns and actions, is currently seeking to hold Exxon Mobile accountable for its denial of climate change using the hashtag, #ExxonKnew. This carries new weight now that a huge iceberg called the Larsen C has broken free from an Antarctic ice shelf. A press release dated July 10th reads, “Over ten thousand people around the world are calling for the Larsen C Iceberg to be renamed the ‘#ExxonKnew Iceberg.'”

The full press release can be found at

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