01 Apr '12, 5am

“We lost”: Eco-warriors, green stars throw in towel

“We lost”: Eco-warriors, green stars throw in towel

More signs that the movement to stop global warming has run out of gas emerged yesterday as Bill McKibben, the 350.org founder and Keystone XL Pipeline opponent, announced that he was hanging up his hat. The surprise retirement capped a hectic week for the environmental movement, during which one leader after another declared they were giving up on the cause. “I’m bone-tired and written out. It’s time for the planet to take care of itself,” McKibben told a crowd of supporters who were sweating in the freakish early-spring heatwave that has rolled across much of the U.S. “I’m going skiing. Uh, make that water-skiing.” As he spoke, volunteers were shutting down the offices at 350.org, filling a giant dumpster in the street outside. “It was a good fight,” one recent Middlebury College graduate said. “But we lost, and now we’re just giving up.” On Monday, food-movement leader ...

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