McKibben's challenge: Be the generation that protects the planet

It is an unbelievable privilege to be the generation that tries to protect what we have.

A scholar in residence at Middlebury College, and resident of Ripton, McKibben has been a leading thinker and writer since his first book The End of Nature, was published in 1989, the first book for a general audience about climate change.

Since then he has addressed subjects ranging from living lightly on the earth, human population issues, genetic engineering and most recently the importance of a local-scale economy.

McKibben congratulated the All Souls Interfaith Gathering on its growth and its commitment to environmental issues. All Souls, which was founded by Pastor Mary Abele seven years ago, will dedicate its new Sanctuary on Sunday, Oct. 7. Evensong services and Childrens Spiritual Education classes begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14.

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