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Bill McKibben’s Comments on GRID Alternatives and Rooftop Solar in an Exclusive Greenius Video

The Greenius asks Bill McKibben a question at his L.A. Times Book Festival appearance at UCLA

The 2010 focus for 350.org is “Get To Work” and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing here in Southern California even before the year began.

Personally I haven’t stopped working since I began organizing for 350.org in June of 2009, and I know myself well enough to understand that I’ve been keeping the throttle open to avoid thinking about the consequences of the global warming we’re already too late to stop.

I asked Bill about the issues of optimism and pessimism and whether he still felt as he did a year ago when he told an interviewer that he no longer thought in terms of optimism and pessimism, he just got up every morning and got to work.

He said that today he draws his energy and inspiration from the young people, mostly in their 20s, who he works with.  They’re not discouraged or to bummed to carry on.  They know they’re being given damaged goods by the generation handing off to them and they’re ready to deal with it.  They understand that the most powerful, most monied interests are lined up against them with a vengeance and they never expected it to be any different.  They’re not ready to give up.  And so… neither am I.

I asked Bill about the work my friends at GRID Alternative are doing and his thoughts on the adoption of rooftop solar in this final segment of my video interview with him.