In May 2018, co-founder of, Bill McKibben stopped by Aotearoa New Zealand on the first leg of his Fossil Free Acceleration Tour.  The tour sought to encourage and promote the incredibly powerful work that is happening worldwide in the Fossil Free movement.

Bill talked alongside local climate leaders Mahina-a-rangi Baker, Rosemary Penwarden, Teanau Tuiono, Erica Finnie and Karlo Mila at two speaking events in Wellington and Auckland. These events re-launched the Fossil Free movement presenting the 3 new demands (read more about those here).

Whilst in New Zealand, Bill also met with local climate leaders, ministers, union leaders, church leaders and business people to discuss the urgency of climate change and the prospect of a just and fast transition to 100% renewable energy.

Watch footage from the Fossil Free Acceleration Tour here:

Feeling inspired, but still taking it all in? Download the keynotes from the talks here.

Want to learn more about the speakers? Download the tour program here.

Highlights of Bill’s time in NZ

A collection of footage from Bill McKibben’s trip to New Zealand in May 2018 for the Fossil Free Acceleration Tour.

Wellington -May 6th 2018

Guest speakers, and local climate leaders, Mahina-a-rangi Baker and Rosemary Penwarden spoke alongside Bill McKibben in Wellington.

Watch Mahina-a-rangi Baker speak on the local impacts of climate change and climate justice from a Māori worldview:

Watch Rosemary speak about her exciting journey to climate activism as a grandmother here:

Full talk: Auckland -May 7th 2018

Watch Bill McKibben speak on the Fossil Free movement alongside, indigenous and environmental activist Teanau Tuiono, 350 Aotearoa campaigner and women’s advocate Erica Finnie, and poet and indigenous leadership advocate Karlo Mila.

Karlo Mila

Speaking at the Fossil Free Acceleration Tour in Auckland, Karlo Mila shared her poem “For the Commonwealth”.