that tag line in the title of this post is directed specifically at the organization, for reasons the article below makes clear, but we extend the sentiment equally to one of our most admired and favorite heroes due to his relentless activism:
‘I’ve had enough years of reviewing budgets’ says US author and climate activist as he steps down from leadership role
The author Bill McKibben, who founded a new generation of environmental activism in the Keystone XL pipeline and divestment campaigns, is stepping down from the daily leadership of his 350.org organisation.
McKibben’s departure, announced in a post on 350.org, caps an extraordinary seven -year run for the organisation.
“I’m stepping down as chair of the board at 350.org to become what we’re calling a ‘senior sdvisor’,” McKibben wrote. “I will stay on as an active member of the board, and 90% of my daily work will stay the same, since it’s always involved the external work of campaigning, not the internal work of budgets and flow charts. I’m not standing down from that work, or stepping back, or walking away.”
In an email to The Guardian, McKibben added: “I’ve had enough years of reviewing budgets etc, which is really not my forte, and I’d rather be causing more trouble more directly, as well as doing some writing. So 350 still my home, just in an easier chair.”
KC Golden, a climate activist from the Northwest who helps lead Climate Solutions, will take over as interim chair, Jamie Henn, a spokesman for 350.org said.
McKibben founded 350.org at a time when the mainstream environmental groups in the US – known collectively as Big Green – were convinced that the route to getting governments and businesses to act on climate change was through corporate boardrooms and professional lobbying campaigns.
McKibben believed those leaders would not act unless they were pushed by a grassroots movement. The group takes its names for the upper limits for the safe levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – 350 parts per million. It started with just seven paid staff. The group now operates in 14 countries, Henn said.
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