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KUOW's environment beat brings you stories on the ongoing cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, alternative energy, the health of the Puget Sound, coal transportation and more. We're also partnered with several stations across the Northwest to bring you environmental news via EarthFix.

A novel idea from an environmental activist: Secession

Northwesterners and people around the world have been inspired by Bill McKibben’s prolific environmental activism. McKibben took some time off from his global warming work recently to write his first novel, “Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance.” He admits he was inspired by one of his heroes, Edward Abbey — so you know things will get weird.

McKibben was a staff writer for The New Yorker for several years before his move to more rural climes upstate. His first book, “The End of Nature,” introduced many people to the concept of climate change. He later started the mass environmental movement

McKibben is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Lannan Literary Award and the Gandhi Peace Prize. He spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on November 20, 2017. KUOW’s Sonya Harris recorded his talk.

Listen to the full version of his talk below: 

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