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LIVE from the NYPL: Welcome to Doomsday: Bill Moyers in conversation with Bill McKibben

October 3, 2006

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The influence of the evangelical Christian right on the Bush administration has had a mostly unnoticed impact on America's environmental policy. While some take God?s granting of dominion over the earth to man as a call to good stewardship of our planet, many evangelicals distrust science and disdain environmental protections. They live in anticipation of one event: the Rapture, when Christ will return to cleanse the earth while the true believers are transported to heaven. For those who believe that the Rapture and the destruction of the world are imminent, there is no need to be concerned about saving the planet from environmental catastrophe.

In his new book, Welcome to Doomsday, Bill Moyers makes a passionate call to save the planet from the forces not only of greed and exploitation but from those who associate its destruction with a spiritual apocalypse.

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About Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers is the former host of NOW with Bill Moyers on PBS. He was one of the organizers of the Peace Corps, spokesperson for President Lyndon Johnson, publisher of Newsday, senior correspondent for CBS News, and producer of many of public television?s groundbreaking series. He is the winner of more than thirty Emmy Awards, and the author of the bestselling books Listening to America, A World of Ideas, and Healing and the Mind.




About Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is a scholar in environmental studies at Middlebury College. He is the author of many books about the environment, including The End of Nature and Age of Missing Information. He is a former staff writer for the New Yorker and his work frequently appears in the Atlantic, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, Harpers, and Outside, among others.