Middlebury College Schumann Distinguished Scholar Bill McKibben has been named as one of TIME Magazine’s “People Who Mattered” of 2011. McKibben has been lauded for his work protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would funnel crude oil from Alberta, Canada to multiple locations in the States, including Oklahoma and Illinois.
McKibben remains involved with his climate crisis organization, 350.org and has made recent appearances at Occupy Wall Street protests. Earlier this fall, buses shuttled students down to the nation’s capital to join the Keystone Pipeline protests. The highly-contested nature of the pipeline has led President Obama to delay his decision on its construction until 2013.