Larsen C Iceberg Breaks Free While Climate Activists Say #ExxonKnew

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

Read more about the impact of Larsen C here:


McKibben Contemplates What We Can Still Glean from the Writings of Henry David Thoreau

Bill McKibben, the 2017 Buffalo Humanities Festival Spotlight Speaker, contemplates the significance of Henry David Thoreau’s book, Walden, on the author’s 200th birthday.

“What nature provides is scale and context, ways to figure out who and how big we are and what we want. It provides silence, solitude, darkness: the rarest commodities we know. It provides reality, in place of the endless electronic mirages and illusions that we consider the miracle of our moment.”

Read the rest of McKibben’s article by following this link, What Would Thoreau Think of Climate Change?


image: Thoreau’s quote near his cabin site, Walden Pond.

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Climate Change Denial – How Did We Get Here?

As we gear up for the 2017 Buffalo Humanities Festival, we’ve been thinking a lot about why the topic of “Environments” carries with it such an immediate and vehement reaction. The debate over global warming is exasperating to many people who, in light of the evidence that our climate is indeed changing, wonder why we are still struggling to come to a consensus over scientific facts.

The United States of Anxiety, a podcast produced by WNYC Studios tackled the history of climate change denial in their second episode this past May. The Birth of Climate Denial explores the beginnings of climate change awareness in the 1980’s, when NASA climatologist, James Hansen, presented the issue to Congress.

Something has changed between the initial bi-partisan acceptance of climate change and the moment we find ourselves in now. This episode by the United States of Anxiety presents a compelling explanation of the social and cultural factors that contributed to the development of climate change denial.

image above: UN Photo. April 30, 1992. The environmental group Greenpeace protesting against the Government of the United States for the reluctance to accept goals to reduce green-house gases.