Bill McKibben & Akaya Windwood: Boomers, Big Banks & Solving the Climate Crisis

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Hey Boomers: When it comes to the climate crisis, are you the problem, the solution or both? In this episode Laura sits down with acclaimed author and environmental activist Bill McKibben and author Akaya Windwood to find out what’s required from all of us to solve the climate crisis. McKibben was the founder of He’s the author of “The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened.” Windwood is co-author of the newly-released book “Leading with Joy: Practices for Uncertain Times.” The two recently launched Third Act, a new environmental group inviting people over 60 to join the movement. The group embraces getting old, taking responsibility and throwing the full weight of the boomers generation at the climate crisis. Can cutting up our credit cards and organizing to withdraw funds from the big banks funding climate destruction make the impact we need? Explore the steps we can take now to ensure a livable and equitable future for all generations.

“I kept hearing people say, ‘It’s up to the next generation to solve these problems.’ That’s ignoble and impractical . . . They lack the structural power by themselves to make the changes that we need.” Bill McKibben

“I’ve been talking with a number of young folks over the years. Because I thought, ‘It’s time for us to step back, right?’ . . . They’re actually saying, ‘No, that’s not what we want you to do. We don’t want you to step aside or step back. What we want you to do is step beside us.’” – Akaya Windwood


  • Bill McKibben: Award-Winning Author, The Flag The Cross and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened
  • Akaya Windwood: Author, Leading with Joy: Practices for Uncertain Times

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