Bill McKibben in NZ for The Climate change Tour of Our Times
350 Aotearoa is proud to host the internationally acclaimed author, climate activist, and founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben, for the New Zealand leg of his global ‘Fossil Free Acceleration Tour’. Bill will be speaking alongside local climate movement leaders at two public events, in Auckland and Wellington. He will also meet with government ministers, church leaders, and union representatives at a range of private events.
The public event details are:
Wellington – 7pm on 6th May at The Embassy Theatre
Auckland – 7pm on the 7th of May at The Town Hall Concert Chamber
There are also several livestream events happening at 7pm on the 7th of May inOtaki (in partnership with Māoriland Film Festival), Christchurch (venue TBC), Dunedin (in partnership with Wise Response) and Nelson (location TBC).
During his short trip to Aotearoa, Bill will be speaking with key government Ministers to discuss how our government can make the fossil free transition fast and just, and be a global leader. He will be participating in a round-table discussion with church leaders from around the country to discuss challenging the social licence of the fossil fuel industry. The leaders of all of our major workers’ unions will meet with Bill to discuss just transitions for workers in the face of climate change.
Bill will also be interviewing people from across Aotearoa’s climate movement for a podcast series to be released after the tour.
Ever since the release of his first book ‘The End of Nature’ 30 years ago, Bill McKibben has become one of the world’s most notable commentators on climate change. He is a founder of global climate campaign organisation 350.org, Foreign Policy magazine named him to its inaugural list of the 100 most important global thinkers in 2009, and he was a 2014 recipient of the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel’.
In January 2018, he was instrumental in New York City’s motion to sue five major energy companies for damages from climate change, and their decision to divest US$5billion from fossil fuel projects.