Watch online: Bill McKibben, “The Desperate Climate Fight: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Moment”


The 2017 Buffalo Humanities Festival: Environments brought environmentalist author and social activist Bill McKibben to Buffalo on Friday, Sept. 29, where he gave the talk “The Desperate Climate Fight: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Moment” in the auditorium of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Introductions were provided by David Castillo (Director, UB Humanities Institute), Dean Robin Schulze (UB College of Arts and Sciences), US Congressman Brian Higgins (US House of Representatives, 26th Congressional District).

The Buffalo Humanities Festival is an annual event organized by the UB Humanities Institute in partnership with Buffalo State College, Canisius College, and Niagara University. Additional support is provided by Humanities New York.

Videographer: Thomas Vetter

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WBFO’s Jay Moran gets the scoop on the 2017 Buffalo Humanities Festival


Buffalo, NY NPR-affiliate WBFO features a couple interviews about the Buffalo Humanities Festival: Environments.

Morning host Jay Moran sat down with UB Humanities Institute Director David Castillo and Executive Director (interim) Kari Winter to discuss this year’s festival. The link includes an interview with festival speaker Adam Rome for a preview of his Saturday talk, “My Walks with Olmsted.”

Click through for the full interviews and article.

American Startups Work to Bring Solar Powered Electricity to Parts of Africa

A June 26, 2017 article by Bill McKibben in the New Yorker titled, The Race to Solar-Power Africa explains the reasons why implementing an electric grid on the continent presents a unique challenge. McKibben writes,

“There are about as many people living without electricity today as there were when Thomas Edison lit his first light bulb. More than half are in sub-Saharan Africa. Europe and the Americas are almost fully electrified, and Asia is quickly catching up, but the absolute number of Africans without power remains steady.”

The demand for reliable and accessible electricity has prompted some entrepreneurs in the West to launch solar companies in Africa. It has some advantages over the traditional electric grid infrastructure but comes with its own set of problems relating to the newness of technology being used, engineering challenges, and uncertainty around financial feasibility, both for the consumers and for the companies.