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Bill McKibben To Speak At Conservation Alliance Breakfast

Author/Environmentalist who warned us about Global Warming 20 years ago to speak at Summer OR show.

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The Conservation Alliance Breakfast at the August 2008 Outdoor Retailer Show will feature guest speaker Bill McKibben, a revered author whose work spans the topics of global warming, alternative energy, and sustainable economies. The breakfast, which is open to the public, is Saturday, August 9, 7:00-9:00 AM at The Marriott in Salt Lake City.

McKibben is a renowned author, educator, and environmentalist. In 1989, he published The End of Nature, the first book about climate change written for a general audience. He has since published more than a dozen books, and hundreds of essays and articles about global warming, alternative energy, and sustainable economies. In 2007, McKibben published Deep Economy: the Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, a book that addresses shortcomings of the growth economy and envisions a transition to more local-scale enterprise.

“Bill McKibben has been prescient voice for more than 20 years,” said John Sterling, Executive Director of The Conservation Alliance. “I can’t think of a better time to have him address The Conservation Alliance Breakfast, and share his thoughts on how we can navigate the challenges we – and our shared environment – face.”

In late summer 2006, Bill helped lead a five-day walk across Vermont to demand action on global warming, and later founded to demand that Congress enact curbs on carbon emissions that would cut global warming pollution 80 percent by 2050. Based on his experience with Step It Up, McKibben published Fight Global Warming Now, a guide to help people initiate environmental activism in their community.

“Bill is so much more than an author, as he supplements his writing with meaningful citizen action,” added Sterling. “In so doing, he literally walks the talk, and our world is better for it.”

Bill is a frequent contributor to various magazines including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Rolling Stone, and Outside. He is also a board member and contributor to Grist Magazine.

In addition to McKibben’s talk, The Conservation Alliance Breakfast will feature an update on recent Alliance grantees and conservation successes funded by the Alliance. The Conservation Alliance Breakfast is open to the public. For complete information, see

About the Conservation Alliance:
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Alliance funds have played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wildlands and climbing areas.

Membership in the Alliance is open to companies representing all aspects of the outdoor industry, including manufacturers, retailers, publishers, mills and sales representatives. The result is a diverse group of businesses whose livelihood depends on protecting our natural environment.

Since its inception in 1989, the Alliance has contributed more than $6 million to grassroots environmental groups. Alliance funding has helped save over 39 million acres of wildlands; 27 dams have either been stopped or removed; and the group helped preserve access to more than 16,000 miles of waterways and several climbing areas.

For complete information on the Conservation Alliance, see

John Sterling

Kristin Carpenter-Ogden