Currently a freelance writer and environmentalist, McKibben was a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine from 1982-87, where he wrote several hundred articles for the magazine, including Talk of the Town stories, humorous fiction and general interest longer pieces.
His work also has appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, Natural History, Outside, Rolling Stone, Esquire and Audubon.
McKibben’s first book, The End of Nature (1989), is a groundbreaking account of global environmental problems. It has been translated into 16 languages.
Another of his books, The Age of Missing Information, examines mass media and environmental deterioration. He also has written books about religion and nature, including Hope, Human and Wild (1995), which is an account of places around the world where “people live more lightly on the planet”.
In the last couple years, McKibben has reached new international fame as the instigator of StepItUp2007 and 350.org, based on the proposition that “the most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth”.
McKibben lives with his wife, Sue Halpern, and their daughter, Sophie, in Ripton, Vermont.