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Famed green writer coming to San Luis Obispo

Noted environmentalist and journalist Bill Mc-Kibben will speak in San Luis Obispo on Oct. 30 and 31.

McKibben is the author of numerous books and is best known for his activism regarding climate change, which will be the subject of his Oct. 30 talk titled “Brave New Planet: The Fight for a Livable Climate.”

That talk will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Fremont theater, 1025 Monterey St. He will also appear the next day for a meet-and- greet event for Cal Poly students and faculty, from 9 to 11 a.m.

The Oct. 30 event is a fundraiser for Central Coast Clergy and Laity for Justice, an interfaith social justice organization. Cost is a $10 donation. For more information about the Cal Poly event, which is sponsored by the Empower Cal Poly Coalition, send an email to empowercalpolycoalition@gmail.com.

McKibben is the founder of 350.org, a grassroots organization to raise public awareness of the dangers posed by global warming and the role human activities play in it.

He addressed this subject in his most recent book, “Eaarth.”

“Global warming is no longer a threat, but a reality. We’ve created a new planet, still recognizable, but fundamentally different. We’re going to have to learn to make our lives on a tough new planet,” he wrote.

McKibben’s activism has earned him a number of accolades. The Boston Globe has called him “probably the nation’s leading environmentalist” and Time magazine described him as “the world’s best green journalist.”

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