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Author, environmentalist Bill McKibben to speak at NMSU

Bill McKibben, an author and environmentalist, will speak at New Mexico State University's Pan American Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11. The event is free and open to the public as part of NMSU's annual University Speaker Series.



Bill McKibben, an author and environmentalist, will speak at New Mexico State University's Pan American Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11. The event is free and open to the public as part of NMSU's annual University Speaker Series. (Submitted photo)

"Bill McKibben is one of America's best known environmentalists," said William Eamon, dean of the NMSU Honors College. "As a bestselling author, he has written books that, over the last quarter century, have shaped public perception - and public action - on climate change, alternative energy and the need for more localized economies."

McKibben is the founder of 350.org, a global grassroots climate change initiative that recently organized thousands of events around the world on October 24, 2009.

McKibben's books include "The End of Nature," widely seen as the first book on climate change for a general audience, and "Deep Economy," regarded as a bold challenge to move beyond "growth" as the paramount economic ideal and to pursue prosperity in a more local direction - an idea that is the cornerstone of much sustainability discourse today.

Bill McKibben's lecture he'll present at NMSU is titled "350: The Most Important Number in the World."

The University Speakers Series is sponsored by the Honors College, the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost. Since its beginning in 1992, the event has brought numerous high-profile guests to campus, free of charge for the community to attend. Previous guests include author Salmon Rushdie in 2009, Robert F. Kennedy in 2004 and Edward James Olmos in 2003. For more information, call (575) 646-2005.