Bill McKibben, environmental pioneer and Adirondack resident, to be honored at Adirondack Museum's 2016 Benefit Gala on July 30

Harold K. Hochschild Award, named for the museum's founder, recognizes leaders who improve the region's culture and quality of life


May 23, 2016, Blue Mountain Lake, NY

The board of trustees of the Adirondack Museum today announced its selection of environmentalist, author and journalist Bill McKibben as recipient of its 2016 Harold K. Hochschild Award. McKibben was among the first to draw attention to the threat of global warming.

The museum will formally present the award to him at the museum's 2016 Benefit Gala, to be held on Saturday, July 30 from 6-9 p.m. on the museum campus. The award will be presented by 2014 winner Frances Beinecke, who served as president of the National Resources Defense Council, a globally prominent environmental action group, from 2006-2014.

The Harold K. Hochschild Award is dedicated to the memory of the museum's founder, whose passion for the Adirondacks, its people and environment inspired the creation of the Adirondack Museum and the establishment of the Adirondack Park Agency. Presented annually to recipients in a wide range of fields throughout the Adirondack Park, it honors their work to improve the region's culture and quality of life.

McKibben worked as a staff writer for The New Yorker for five years, from 1982 to early 1987, after which he moved to Johnsburg, New York to work as a freelance writer. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change and has appeared in 24 languages. He has written a dozen since, the most recent of which is Oil and Honey: The Education of the Unlikely Activist. He also writes frequently for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, The Nation, New Republic and Salon. McKibben is the founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized 20,000 rallies around the world, spearheaded resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fossil fuel divestment movement.