Oil and Honey: The education of an unlikely activist

oilandhoneybookpageAfter half a lifetime as an academic and author writing best-selling books on climate change, Bill McKibben changed course.  This memoir covers two years of his life, much of it spent crisscrossing the US as a climate activist fighting the Keystone XL pipeline (to transport dirty tar sands oil) and the start of the fossil fuel divestment campaign of his organisation, 350.org.    These insights into environmental activism, fighting against powerful fossil fuel interests and bought-out politicians, are contrasted against lyrical passages on life in the Vermont countryside and working alongside his bee-keeper friend.  He tries to find the balance between big-picture climate action, and small-scale local answers to climate change.  This takes place against the background of increasingly severe weather events across the US, such as Hurricane Sandy in New York.  I found this book a really interesting window into the frantic pace of his life as an activist, and the financial and political forces being fought against.  Available for purchase online or from Sunshine Coast Libraries.

About EmpowerRepower

I’m a teacher, former teacher-librarian, ex-volunteer breastfeeding counsellor and mother-of-three living on the Sunshine Coast. I’m concerned about climate change, and feel that the necessary changes to prevent the worst outcomes will rely on action from all sectors of our economy. I’ll be trying to share, promote and encourage that action by finding positive examples in our local community.
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