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Environmentalist to speak Sunday

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST and best-selling author Bill McKibben./Steve Liptay/Special to the Index-Tribune

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST and best-selling author Bill McKibben./Steve Liptay/Special to the Index-Tribune

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Sometimes when you are hoping to spark change, you have to get thrown in jail. At least that’s the standard for environmental activists such as Bill McKibben.

The best-selling author and renowned environmentalist will give a talk Sunday afternoon in Sonoma. McKibben is author of more than a dozen books from the one that taught climate change to the masses, “The End of Nature,” to the latest, “Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist,” which details the outspoken activist’s journey from a college student at Harvard to one of the most influential environmentalists.

McKibben is regarded as one of the first to write about the effects of global warming and founded organization 350.org with a group of college students, including Sonoma native May Boeve. In 2011 McKibben bought a farm for a beekeeper in effort to salvage the dwindling honeybee population. He is an opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline, a 1,700-mile-long pipe that would carry oil from Canada tar sands to Gulf Coast refineries.

McKibben will speak at Burlingame Hall in the First Congregational Church on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m.

The hall is located at 252 West Spain St. After the talk, Readers’ Books will sell copies of “Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist,” and McKibben will be available for autographs. Admission to the event is free.