Author and climate activist Bill McKibben has created two new initiatives.
The first is a newsletter he’s titled “The Crucial Years,” available through Substack with various subscription options.
In the introduction to the newsletter, he writes “I’ll try to highlight what seem to me the most important developments, and rally people for the most important fights.”
While users can sign up for free, those choosing to support McKibben’s work with a paid subscription will help fund another new initiative he is announcing at the same time: A grassroots movement similar to 350.org, which McKibben founded. This new project, called Third Act is geared toward mobilizing members of the Baby Boomer and Silent generations to get more involved in climate change activism.
As an incentive for paid subscribers to The Crucial Years, McKibben is offering a chance to get a first read on his latest work — A book of fiction that he describes as a companion piece to his first fictional novel titled “Radio Free Vermont.” (Click here for a review we ran in the Explorer in 2018.)
He writes: “My pandemic hobby did not involve learning to make sourdough bread; instead, I finally finished off a long and wandering tale that I’ve been working on for years. I hesitate to call it a novel—perhaps “yarn” would be more descriptive. It’s a prequel/sequel in certain ways to the only other fiction I’ve ever published, a freakishly popular little volume called Radio Free Vermont. This one is called The Other Cheek, and it spans the globe, constituting my effort to see if movement building can be made as dramatic as the violence we normally enjoy; think of it as a superhero adventure where the superheroes have no special powers. In any event, if you pay to subscribe to this newsletter, you’ll get another little chunk of The Other Cheek every week—that is, in Dickensian fashion it will come as a serial.”
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