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The reasons to love the Central Coast are endless. We have access to some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches, parks, and wildlife. Thousands of tourists flock to our coastline each year to enjoy our sun and sand. We also happen to share our home with some increasingly rare species of animals, such as the snowy plover and the Morro Bay kangaroo rat. Endless miles of walkable trails and stunning beachfront are worth mentioning—and protecting—as well.

- BE THE CHANGE :  Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben storms the Fremont Theater in SLO with a plea for change. -  - PHOTO COURTESY OF BILL MCKIBBEN
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF BILL MCKIBBEN
  • BE THE CHANGE : Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben storms the Fremont Theater in SLO with a plea for change.

For these reasons, the Central Coast Clergy and Laity for Justice is bringing author and environmentalist Bill McKibben to the Fremont in San Luis Obispo on Oct. 30 to give a lecture titled, “Brave New Planet: The Fight for a Livable Climate.”

McKibben began his work for the environmental cause with the publication of his first book, The End of Nature.

“I started in on it because in one sense, I thought, global warming is going to be the biggest story of all time, and I’m a journalist,” he explained. “By the time I was done, I was no longer objective, in the sense that I’d decided I really, really didn’t want the world to heat up.”

While the issues critical to the local and global environment are innumerable, McKibben said one issue is more pressing than the rest: “We need to dramatically cut carbon emissions just as fast as humanly possible—and a little faster, really.” That’s why he started 350.org, a grassroots movement to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere from 392 parts per million to 350 parts per million, making the air more breathable and the climate more sustainable.

While global warming may seem like an overwhelming issue, McKibben said the effort is relatively easy: “I think the best way is to be involved a little in the fight. You’ll find lots of ways to join in at 350.org.”

Another way to get familiar with environmental issues such as global warming is to read one of McKibben’s dozen books on the topic. In his latest work, Eaarth, McKibben argues that we now need to focus on building and maintaining societies that can limit harmful emissions, all the while preparing for the damage that has already been done. McKibben’s approach to our predicament is no-nonsense and to the point. He lists small, specific ways people can limit their impact on our overburdened planet: “We’re getting ready to circle the White House with people on Nov. 6, to try and stop an egregious plan for a pipeline from Canada’s tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico. You can sign up and get more information at tarsandsaction.org.”

To learn more about Bill McKibben, visit billmckibben.com. For more information on his appearance at the Fremont on Oct. 30 and where to buy tickets, visit the Central Coast Clergy and Laity for Justice’s website: ccc4justice.org and look for his name under “Events.” Tickets cost $10, and seating is limited. Order your tickets in advance. All ages are welcome. Be sure to ride your bike to the event, where the SLO County Bike Coalition Bike Valet will keep your bike safe for free.

Fast facts

Join the San Luis Obispo Child Development Center and the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce in celebrating 40 years of therapeutic child development and parent support in San Luis Obispo County with a ribbon cutting and short reception on Nov. 10 at 4:30 p.m. at 1720 Bishop St. in SLO. Since 1971, the center has been dedicated to breaking the cycle of child abuse in our community by providing a network of prevention, intervention, and treatment services to protect children and heal, support, and strengthen families. For more information, contact Terri Kurczewski at info@slocdc.org or 541-0801, Ext. 28.

Intern Maeva Considine compiled this week’s Strokes & Plugs. Send your business news to strokes@newtimesslo.com.

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