Oil and Honey

Oil and Honey

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By (author) Bill McKibben

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  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 23mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 29 July 2014
  • Publication City/Country: California
  • ISBN 10: 1250048710
  • ISBN 13: 9781250048714
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 224,143

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With the Arctic melting, the Midwest in drought, and Irene scouring the Atlantic, McKibben recognized that action was needed if solutions were to be found. Some of those would come at the local level, where McKibben joins forces with a Vermont beekeeper raising his hives as part of the growing trend toward local food. Other solutions would come from a much larger fight against the fossil-fuel industry as a whole. Oil and Honey is McKibben's account of these two necessary and mutually reinforcing sides of the global climate fight - from the centre of the maelstrom and from the growing hive of small-scale local answers. With empathy and passion he makes the case for a renewed commitment on both levels, telling the story of raising one year's honey crop and building a social movement that's still cresting.

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Bill McKibben is the author of more than a dozen books, including "The End of Nature," "Eaarth," and "Deep Economy." He is the founder of the environmental organization 350.org and was among the first to warn of the dangers of global warming. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Peace Award.

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"Confiding and dramatic . . . In this moving, wryly amusing account set against the heated presidential debate of 2012, McKibben describes his extraordinary world travels and what it took to launch gutsy, creative, and effective protests, and shares invaluable information and such intriguing insights as what bees can teach us about reaching consensus. Galvanizing and inspiring."--"Booklist" (starred review)"In this elegant and deeply inspiring book, Bill McKibben has given us something remarkable: a front row seat in the global battle against the fossil companies that are wrecking the planet, and an intimate glimpse into the intensely local life and landscape for which McKibben himself is fighting. This is the balance--between big and small, between rage and love, between resistance and alternatives--that we all must find if we are to transform in time to prevent catastrophe. A gift."--Naomi Klein, author of "The Shock Doctrine"""Oil and Honey" reads like a tell-all from one of America's most astute eco-political leaders and essential writers. There are organizational secrets on how to launch a political campaign and build a movement, and why spreading local honey on morning toast matters. It is a personal field guide to climate activism with an honest accounting of the personal costs and blessings of engagement. Bill McKibben has penned an inspiring story whose ending is still unfolding."--Terry Tempest Williams, author of "When Women Were Birds""Whatever color you are, the green movement is your movement. I was proud to go to jail with Bill McKibben as a fellow protester against the Keystone XL pipeline. All you have to do is read this book."--Julian Bond