Meet environmentalist and author Bill McKibben and hear his insight on The Hottest Fight in the Hottest Decade: Climate Change on the Edge of Hope & Despair on Friday, October 6 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).

A reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6:30 p.m. and book signing after the lecture in Pierson Auditorium, 5000 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at UMKC. The event is sponsored in partnership with The Land Institute in Salina, KS.

McKibben is a founder of 350.org, a grassroots climate change movement that has organized 20,000 rallies in every country (except North Korea), spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fossil fuel divestment movement.

In 2014, McKibben was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, he was awarded the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize. Foreign Policy named him to its inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”

A former staff writer for the New Yorker, McKibben writes frequently for a several publications, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic and Rolling Stone.

Photo: Nancie Battaglia