Bill McKibben Coming to Boulder Founder Coming to Naropa University on June 18 to Discuss the “The Hottest Fight in the Hottest Year”

Earth Day, April 22, 2016 (Boulder, CO) — Naropa University today announced that Bill McKibben, one of the most influential climate change activists in the world, will be a featured speaker at Naropa’s vaunted Summer Writing Program on June 18.

This public event will be McKibben’s first appearance in Boulder since 2012, when the founder appeared before a sold-out audience as part of the ‘Do the Math’ tour to encourage divestment to decrease carbon emissions. As a result, Naropa University became one of only 12 universities in the country to fully and completely divest from fossil fuels. This event is co-sponsored by Naropa University's Summer Writing Program & the Joanna Macy Center. Participants in the Summer Writing Program will receive free admission to the program.

Bill McKibben, the co-founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.  McKibben is the recipient of the 2014 Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ He has authored more than a dozen books, including The End of Nature, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change.

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Listen to Bill McKibben's interview with KGNU Community Radio on fracking and the interaction between politics, law, and the fossil fuel industry.

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About Naropa University ( Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom traditions and traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.