Discussion highlights impact of climate change to Colorado Plateau
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Bill McKibben will speak in Moab on July 18. Photo by Steve Liptay
Bill McKibben will speak in Moab on July 18. Photo by Steve Liptay
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Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben will be in Moab July 18 to discuss how climate change affects the 1planet and its potential impact to residents of the Colorado Plateau region.

McKibben will join Dave Harper of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, John Weisheit of Living Rivers and Colorado Riverkeeper, and Kate Finneran of Before it Starts - Keep the US tar sands and Oil Shale Free for the discussion. 

The event will be held at the Grand County High School auditorium, 608 South 400 East, from 7 to 9 p.m., according to a news release from Before it Starts.

Organizers said seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Seats may be reserved online at billmckibbeninmoab.eventbrite.com. A $5 donation is recommended, according to the website.

McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with “The End of Nature” in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org.

Harper is co-founder and spokesperson for the Fort Mojave Cultural Preservation Program, and a tribal member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. He was a leader in the successful occupation campaign to save the sacred Ward Valley from a nuclear waste dump.

Weisheit, a longtime Moab resident, has a long history of advocacy for rivers in the Southwest, both from a natural history perspective and as a leader in the outdoor industry. With two co-authors, he wrote “Cataract Canyon: A Human and Environmental History of the Rivers in Canyonlands.”

Finneran, also of Moab, is the co-founder of Before it Starts, a project of Living Rivers that is dedicated to preventing oil and tar sands mining in the West and throughout the U.S.

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