Author & American Environmental Activist, Bill McKibben, kicked-off the first new lecture series of the Aspetuck Land Trust, The Haskins Environmental Lecture Series, on Friday evening, August 9, 2013. This was in honor of Westport Connecticut’s noted scientists, authors, and philanthropists, Doctor Caryl Parker & Edna Ferrell Haskins who bequeathed their amazing 22-acre estate to the Aspetuck Land Trust, now a nature preserve bearing their names; Caryl & Edna Haskins Nature Preserve. This wonderful event for Aspetuck Land Trust members was held at the historic Pequot Library in Southport Connecticut.
Bill McKibben continues to lead the global movement for a sustainable planet. He is called “the planet’s best green journalist” by time Magazine. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009.
The global warming deniers are probably not heartened by McKibben. It is quite clear after listening to him for a few minutes, that not only does he know what he is talking about, but the very planet we live on is now in uncharted environmental waters. Perhaps, as McKibben indicated, we are at the end of the Holocene epoch which began after Pleistocene ended some 14,000 years ago and are now headed full steam ahead into the next interglacial epoch.
The end of recent glacial warm period is largely due to the combined actions of mankind in the very recent past and is related to the use of fossil fuel. Temperatures are rising, the atmospheric CO2 is at 400 PPM, the sea is over 30% more acidic than it was 100 years ago, and we do not know fully what effect these observable changes will bring. He asked us all to take notice, and to take a stand and ask more from our politicians. The facts are undeniable; we all need to be responsible for our planet as it heads into the next epoch. Let us hope that the next epoch, that has just begun, is not called the Petrocene.